Brook Lopez injury: Nets center to miss Magic game

Jared Wickerham

Nets center Brook Lopez won't play against the Magic Friday or against the Heat Saturday

According to Howard Beck of the New York Times, center Brook Lopez will miss Brooklyn's next two games, against the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat, with a foot sprain.

The injury will knock Lopez out of Friday’s game at Orlando and Saturday’s game at Miami. His status beyond that is unclear. The Nets’ next game after that is Tuesday, against the Oklahoma City Thunder, at Barclays Center. Lopez sustained the injury in the Nets’ 95-83 victory at Boston on Wednesday night. Andray Blatche is the most likely candidate to start at center in Lopez’s absence.

Lopez, who is averaging 18.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, played in just five games last season after breaking a bone in the same foot.

Lopez was rumored to be part of a mega deal that brought Dwight Howard to Brooklyn (Well, New Jersey at the time), but that, of course, never came to fruition One the deal fell through, the Nets and Lopez agreed to a four-year deal worth $60 million.

Andray Blatche will likely start in his place. Blatche is averaging 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

The Magic and the Nets will tip off at 7:00 pm EST Friday at the Amway Center.

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