New Jersey Nets Center Brook Lopez Is Out Three Weeks With Sprained Ankle

New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez will miss the next three weeks with a sprained right ankle, an injury that comes after he sat out this season’s first 33 games with a broken bone in his right foot.

Lopez, 23, has been limited to five games for the Nets this season, averaging 19.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. He was injured during the third quarter of a March 4 win against the Charlotte Bobcats and will have his foot placed in a walking boot as a precaution, the team said in a statement.

The 7-foot (2.14 meter) Lopez hadn’t missed a game during his first three years in the National Basketball Association and averaged a team-leading 20.4 points a game for the Nets last season.

Lopez has been considered one of the main assets the Nets would use in efforts to acquire All-Star center Dwight Howard, who’s in the final year of his contract with the Orlando Magic.

The Nets, who have a 12-26 record, visit the Miami Heat today.

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