The Brooklyn Nets will once again be without center Brook Lopez when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night.
Lopez re-sprained his ankle in the Nets’ 102-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night and didn’t play in their 103-99 loss to the Detroit Pistons Friday night.
“Brook is a competitor and he wants to play,” Nets’ head coach Jason Kidd told Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York. “[But] for the medical staff and myself, I just felt that it’s a risk and he wasn’t 100 percent. Guys won’t be 100 percent throughout the season, but he just wasn’t moving as well as I’d like [during morning walkthrough], so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow and go from there.”
Lopez is averaging 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game on 56.8% shooting from the field and 82.8% shooting from the charity stripe, but has played in just 15 of the Nets’ 23 games because of the sprained ankle that has bothered him throughout the season.
With Lopez out, veteran Kevin Garnett will slide to center and Mirza Teletovic will come off of the bench to start at power forward.