Nets Lopez Out Three Weeks With Ankle Sprain

March 5, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
New Jersey Nets' Brook Lopez takes a fre
Lopez averaged 19.2 points per contest in five games this season. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

New Jersey Net center Brook Lopez has a sprained right ankle and will miss three weeks, according to a report on the NBA’s website. Lopez injured the ankle Sunday in the third quarter of New Jersey’s 104–101 win over Charlotte.

Lopez, who had just returned on February 19th from a stress fracture in his foot which had sidelined him since the season started on December 25th, has averaged 19.2 points in his five games this season.

The fourth-year pro out of Stanford led the team in scoring last season and actually had not missed a game in his career until this season.

The injury is especially damaging for the Nets who had been trying to package a healthy Lopez as the centerpiece in a trade for star center Dwight Howard before the March 15 trade deadline.