After the Brooklyn Nets lost a heartbreaking game in overtime versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, the team could possibly be delivered yet another horrible blow to their playoffs hopes with news that their star center Brook Lopez could be out for the remainder of the season due to a broken right foot. The NBA and the Brooklyn Nets have not released any official news thus far, however several sources have received word from NBA insiders that Lopez is out for the season.
NBA source tells me Brook Lopez of the Nets is done for the year. Broken foot. East continues to get worse. #celticstalk
— Gary Tanguay (@Gary_Tanguay) December 21, 2013
This could be nothing more than a rumor ( I highly doubt it ). Brook Lopez played through most of the game including overtime and he did not show any signs of playing with a broken foot. Again the Brooklyn Nets have not released any information regarding any injured players. Brook Lopez appears to be fine in the overtime video footage from Friday night, but several players have been known to play through a severe injury ( Kobe Bryant ).
The Nets we’re considered by many ( including myself ) to be among the front runners in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. If the Lopez is sidelined for the season, what does this mean for the Brooklyn Nets? Lopez was one of the top scorers on the team and he clogs the middle making it difficult for opponents to score around the basket. Without Lopez the Nets could find themselves in a tougher situation trying to win games, however I still believe this team has the ability to make a playoff push.
The good news is the Nets still have Andray Blatche and Kevin Garnett, two highly capable players who can fill the void left by Lopez. How far can they go? I think their future including the pressure to win lies heavily on the back of Deron Williams.
Stay tuned for updates.
The NBA official site has confirmed Brook Lopez’s injury and he is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Lopez was the leading scorer for the Nets averaging 20.7 points and 6 rebounds. All is not lost, the Nets may look to move Kevin Garnett to the center positon.