The playoffs are heating up, but it’s not because of Nets’ Deron Williams or Joe Johnson. Brooklyn has fallen to a 3-2 series deficit against Chicago, and in the absence of Williams and Johnson, Brook Lopez has stepped up his game. Dave Briggs says give him the option, and he’ll take Lopez over Dwight Howard any day of the week. If Brooklyn can keep it rolling out of the first round, they’ll have their big man to thank.
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