Nets Orthopedic Surgeon Clarifies Lopez Injury

Josh Newman, SNYNets.com

A day after the Brooklyn Nets announced Brook Lopez would miss Friday night’s game at the Orlando Magic and Saturday night’s game at the Miami Heat, the team’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Riley Williams III, has released a statement on the 7-foot center’s condition.

“Brook suffered a twisting injury to his foot during the Boston game. He experienced some soreness afterwards, and was examined by the Nets training staff. Precautionary x-rays of his foot were negative. The area of Brook’s previous fracture at the 5th metatarsal bone was unremarkable, and unchanged compared to prior films.  He reports tenderness over the top of foot. This area corresponds to ligaments that connect the tarsal or midfoot bones. He is diagnosed with a ligament sprain of the mid foot, and will be re-evaluated Monday upon his return to New York by Team Orthopedic Surgeon, Riley Williams and Nets Foot and Ankle Consultant, Dr. Martin O’Malley”

This statement doesn’t really provide any new news, but it does clarify the fact that his injury is a ligament sprain to the mid-foot, not a mild ankle sprain as the Nets announced on Thursday.

The timetable remains the same for Lopez at this point as he will miss the Florida swing this weekend. His re-evaluation on Monday comes the day before the Nets host the Oklahoma City Thunder, the reigning Western Conference champions, on Tuesday at Barclays Center.

The name of the game here is going to be patience and caution. Lopez, who re-signed in the offseason for four years and nearly $61 million, now has a history of foot issues at the age of 24, so there will be no rushing Lopez back from this, especially this early in the season.

With Lopez out this weekend, reserve big man Andray Blatche is expected to get the start in his place.

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