No date for return of Nets' injured Lopez

Injured Brook Lopez looks on during a game

Injured Brook Lopez looks on during a game against the Knicks. (Dec. 11, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

TORONTO -- Nets center Brook Lopez, who missed his seventh straight game last night, worked out lightly back home and received treatment for his sprained right foot. "Rehab," said coach Avery Johnson, who didn't indicate whether the 7-footer would be available when the Pistons play in Brooklyn Friday night.

Lopez scored 27 points in the 107-100 victory over the Raptors at Barclays Center on Nov. 3. To compensate Wednesday night, the Nets were looking to shoot more threes than usual. They were 10-for-19.

"Sometimes we are, but that's a function of not having a dominant post player, so you've got to look elsewhere," Johnson said. "When other teams lost their leading scorer, they've jacked up a few more threes. Unfortunately for us, they haven't gone in."

The misses shouldn't stop Deron Williams. "We took a look at a lot of Deron's shots, he's not wide left or wide right, like a field-goal kicker," Johnson said. "He's right there, he's right on target, so we want him to continue to shoot."

 

Evans, Casey linked

Nets forward Reggie Evans and Toronto coach Dwane Casey have some history.

"I first brought Reggie into the league back in Seattle," said Casey, who was an assistant coach for the SuperSonics from 1994-2005. "I know what he can do and know how tough he is to box out."

In 2004-05, Evans led the league in rebounds-per-minutes-played and was ninth in the NBA in total rebounds. He was traded to Denver in 2006.

"Our guards are going to have to come back and everybody's going to have an opportunity to box him out," Casey said.

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