Nets C Lopez to Miss 2 Games, Wallace Fined
Thursday afternoon, the Brooklyn Nets announced center Brook Lopez would miss the team's next two games (against the Magic and Heat) with a mild sprain of the right foot. In a conference call with reporters, General Manager Billy King said the 24-year-old center suffered the injury in the third quarter of Wednesday's game against the Celtics, intially reporting an ankle sprain.
Lopez stayed in the game until the next time out, approximately 3-4 minutes later, discussing the injury with trainer Tim Walsh and returning to the game in the fourth quarter only to pick up his fifth foul 11 seconds later and return to the bench. After the game, in again evaluating the injury, they isolated the pain to the top of the foot and decided to take a precautionary X-ray upon arriving in Orlando.
That X-ray proved negative, matching the control one taken before the season in light of last season's fracture.
"It's almost like a bone bruise," King explained. "On top of the bone there's pain, and that's why we did the x-ray and there's nothing. There's not a fracture or anything. I even asked him, 'Would you call it a bone bruise?' It's a sprained foot."
King pointed out that were a player without a similar history to suffer a similar injury – say, Deron Williams – the Nets likely wouldn't have scheduled the X-ray. They'll monitor Lopez's pain as he undergoes treatment, and if he's pain free, he'll play. Until further notice, consider Lopez "day-to-day."
The GM also revealed on the call that the Nets had received no suspensions following Wednesday's second-quarter altercation with the Celtics. Forward Gerald Wallace was fined $35,000 for "escalating" the incident; Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was suspended two games, and Kevin Garnett earned a $25,000 fine as well.
Of the decision, King said, "We had a lengthy conversation with (NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations) Stu Jackson where we agreed to disagree."