Saturday Practice Report (Dec. 8)
Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets gathered at Barclays Center for practice that started with a painful video session of Friday's game against the Golden State Warriors, a 109-102 loss that coach Avery Johnson said was the team's lowest-rated defensive performance of the year. But the coach said the session went well, with the players understanding the energy issues before executing on court afterward.
"Our rating works, our defense works, but we need energy, we've gotta guard penetration," Johnson said. "We probably had our worst defensive rating in transition last night. We had no defensive presence whatsoever. we had a chance to watch it on video and then we had a chance to have a practice and correct some of those errors."
Injured center Brook Lopez (mild sprain, right foot) did some light running, agility drills and shooting – without participating in "any of the major parts of practice," Johnson said. Though he was pain free, and did weight work afterward, the team announced he'll be out for Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Johnson said the team will have him come in Sunday to do more work, and then see how he is for (and after) Monday's scheduled practice before deciding on his status for Tuesday's second "Clash of the Boroughs" against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center.