Late in the fourth quarter, Brook Lopez injured his ankle in an eerily similar fashion, stepping on another player's foot.
This morning, in an email to fans seen here, the Nets apparently broke the news that both Williams and Lopez will not suit up for tonight's game with the Los Angeles Clippers, as they rest their injured ankles:
[sny-box]"Brooklyn will need to bring that same intensity to the Staples Center against a Clippers team that is off to a 6-3 start behind perennial MVP candidate Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, and they will need to do so without the services of Brook Lopez and Deron Williams who are both out tonight with ankle injuries."[/sny-box]
Lopez was down in pain for a few minutes, but was able to tough it out and finish the game. Keep in mind, however, that Lopez has not yet met with team doctors and trainers as of the time of this marketing email, and there is a chance the announcement that he is out tonight may be premature. Stay tuned as more information about this developing situation comes to light.
If Lopez is indeed out, the Nets will be pretty short-handed tonight on the final game of their west coast road trip, with their two starters sitting out and reserve forward Andrei Kirilenko still out with a flare-up of back spasms.
Expect reserve point guard Shaun Livingston to get his first start of the season tonight, and either Andray Blatche or rookie Mason Plumlee to get the start at center if Lopez can't go. Tip off is scheduled for 10:30 pm ET.