Lopez led the Nets with 20.7 points per game and 1.8 blocks per game, and was second on the team averaging 6.0 rebounds per game in 17 games played.
The 25-year-old was also in the top 10 in the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating.
Jon Presser, ContributorLopez appeared sluggish in Friday night’s game and didn’t look like his usual dominant self on the inside. Lopez had been dealing with left ankle sprains this season, and perhaps that contributed to this major injury to his other foot.
Lopez may have suffered the injury in the third or fourth quarter of last night’s game, toughing it out and playing through the entire overtime period, and maybe more, with a broken foot. It’s the very same injury he suffered back in the 2011-12 season, a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The same foot he’s had three surgeries on.
It’s devastating. Absolutely devastating. Brooklyn will now have to scramble to pull themselves out of a 9-17 hole without their best player. I imagine that Kevin Garnett will now move back to the center position primarily, but it sure is asking a lot of Garnett, Andray Blatche and Mason Plumlee to make up for Lopez’s production.