The Brooklyn Nets have really struggled without Brook Lopez and Deron Williams these past two games as both have sat out with ankle sprains. However, the Nets have been able to get production out of Shaun Livingston in D-Will’s absense and have gotten nothing out of the replacements for Lopez as the team has struggled to score points in the paint with either Reggie Evans or Mason Plumlee on the court.
Expect it to continue though because Lopez is set to sit out again against the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to be, that’s not up to me,” Lopez told Tim Bontemps of the NY Post. “I feel good. I feel like I could play. I’m not the one calling the shots there. We’ve got to think about long-term.”
Lopez has played in eight of the Nets’ 10 games this season. He has averaged 24.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per 36 minutes with an effective field goal percentage of 57.4. Lopez has also been much improved defensively this season as the Nets have allowed an average of 102.9 points per 100 possessions when he’s playing and 114.5 points per 100 possessions when he’s not.
Andrei Kirilenko is also expected to miss Wednesday’s game with back spasms. He is travelling with the team though which he didn’t do last week so there must be some progression. Jason Terry is expected to play, but is listed as a “game-time decision” as he deals with a sore knee.