The Brooklyn Nets announced that center Brook Lopez underwent an MRI that revealed a lower back strain. He’s out at least a week, at which time he will be re-evaluated.
It’s been a rough few years for Lopez, health-wise. His last healthy season was 2012-13, when he played 74 games, but overall has missed 134 of 230 games of the last three seasons, which doesn’t even count the current season, where he’s missed two games already and will miss at least the next four with this injury.
When he’s played, Lopez has averaged 16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, but he has struggled to win the favor of head coach Lionel Hollins, and the Nets are 8-10 on the season so far.