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Brook Lopez likely to return Sunday

Feb 19, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Dwight Howard Brook Lopez AP

Brook Lopez lost nearly the first two months of the season to a broken foot. He started the season being constantly talked about in trade rumors, and that was the primary focus of the news of his injury. Now he’s ready to return. Avery Johnson told reporters on Saturday before the Nets game with the Bulls, an impressive win for the future Brooklyn squad:

According to Avery, Brook sits again today, starts tomorrow vs Mil at The Rock. Listen to our interview at 4 on @WFAN660. Pregame 3:50.Sat Feb 18 19:42:57 via Twitter for Android

Lopez’ absence has been considered to be a big reason for the Nets’ massive struggles, as Lopez is arguably the Nets’ second-best player. Expectations are high for Lopez not only to bounce back from a disappointing 2011 campaign, but to build his trade value so the Nets can pursue Dwight Howard. Welcome back, Brook! Please make it easier to get the guy we actually want!

But Lopez will play, and he’ll play well because he’s a professional. His impact could be greatest on Deron Williams. With Anthony Morrow in fine form, MarShon Brooks back from injury, and Lopez rejoining the team, he’s got weapons. Maybe he won’t feel so down, the wins will start coming, and it will open the door to Dwight Howard.

The Nets have to catch a break sometime, after all.

  1. jerseyfinatic - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Happiest day of my life. Now critics can stop hating on the nets. With a lineup of Deron, Marshon, Deshawn,Hump, and Lopez we ARE A PLAYOFF TEAM.

    • digitalpoo - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      Haha…good luck with that one snookie

    • raidmagic - Feb 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      if they played in the d league they might squeek into the playoffs

  2. Gordon - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    He’s their 2nd best player? Man, they are an awful team.

  3. ningenito78 - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I’m a Jersey fan too but easy there jerseyfinatic. This team still is pretty pathetic.

  4. jerseyfinatic - Feb 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Hahah you guys are talking **** now but just wait. Soon many people underestimate the nets. We just blew out the bulls yesterday with no Lopez.

  5. Gordon - Feb 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Yes, “you” blew out the Bulls* by 12 points.

    * (without Derrick Rose)

  6. themanchine - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Oakur for SJax

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