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Injured Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez and his sprained right foot took a step in the right direction towards returning, but an actual return date remains murky at this point.

The team announced on Saturday afternoon that the 7-footer did more agility and shooting with the team at practice and he reported no pain. However, he has been ruled out for Sunday's home game against the Milwaukee Bucks and remains day-to-day.

Lopez did shooting and light drills on Friday before the Nets fell to the Golden State Warriors, 109-102, the team's third straight loss. Sunday's missed game will be his fifth straight since injuring himself at the Boston Celtics on Nov. 28.

The Nets have erred on the side of caution with Lopez, who missed all but five games last season thanks to a stress fracture in the same foot. The two injuries are not related, but the Nets have no intention of rushing him back with this being his third foot injury inside the last year.

Head coach Avery Johnson has stated more than once, including Saturday afternoon to reporters, that Lopez will need to go through a full practice with contact before he is cleared to play. With Lopez not going full on Saturday, there are few opportunities left for him to do so before the schedule gets heavy.

If the team practices Monday and Lopez does not go full, he would likely miss Tuesday's home game against the New York Knicks and Wednesday's game at the Toronto Raptors.

It is unclear at this point if Johnson will have the Nets go through a full practice on Thursday with the team set to play the Detroit Pistons at home on Friday and at the Chicago Bulls on Saturday to complete a stretch of four games in five nights.

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