Multiple injuries have hurt them so perhaps the return of one of those hurting players could help reverse the team's slide. Center Brook Lopez has been out since breaking his foot in the final preseason game. The New York Post reports that he practiced with the Nets Tuesday and could return "during the grueling upcoming stretch of six games in eight nights" that begins Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
"Definitely a big benchmark ... continuing to make progress in practice to the point where [team brass] and some of the other guys think I am ready to play in a game," said Lopez, according to the Post. "If it were up to me, I probably would have come back two weeks ago and it would have been too early."
Last season, he averaged 20.4 points, 1.5 blocks and six rebounds per game.
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