AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- No worries, says Brook Lopez. His sprained left ankle is nothing serious and he expects to be back on the floor Monday night when the Nets host Philadelphia.
"It's loads better than it was [Thursday]," Lopez said before the Nets' 103-99 loss to the Pistons Friday night. "It's not nearly the severity of the last sprain."
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That's a good thing for the Nets, because the ankle that he injured Thursday is the same one that forced him to miss seven games earlier this season. The Nets went 1-6 in that span.
With 24 seconds left and the Pistons leading by four points, Brandon Jennings appeared to grab Deron Williams' arm as he drove to the basket, and Williams lost the ball out of bounds.
"What can you do? There's nothing you can do," Williams said. "That wasn't the ballgame. We put ourselves in a hole in the second quarter."
Jason Kidd has had a roller coaster of a first month and a half as a head coach, but he told reporters before the game that there really haven't been a whole lot of surprises. "It's gone well," he said. "It's not always going to go where you go undefeated. You learn from your wins and losses. For me, what I've been doing the first six or seven weeks of the season is learning about my team."
No point in talking
Despite trade speculation concerning the Nets and Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, Kidd said he doesn't see the need to talk to his young players about blocking out what is a fact of life in the NBA. Mirza Teletovic and Tyshawn Taylor are the two players who have been mentioned most in the trade talk. "I haven't talked to those guys," Kidd said. "I don't really read that stuff and they don't, either. It's about playing the game and being prepared and professional."