Lopez hasn't practiced at full speed since spraining his surgically repaired right foot Oct. 15. The Record reported first-year coach Lionel Hollins said Mason Plumlee would probably start if Lopez can't go. The Nets went 16-6 when Plumlee started last season.
Meanwhile in Boston, Rajon Rondo (broken bone in left hand) wasn't sure if he would be able to play Wednesday (AP, Oct. 28).
The Celtics point guard said he would make a decision about playing when he wakes up from his customary pregame nap Wednesday. He missed the first half of last season recovering from knee surgery. This summer, before camp, Rondo said he hurt the hand after slipping in the the shower. Wednesday is about five weeks after the injury; a 6-8 week absence was anticipated after news of the injury became public.''