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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Lopez re-sprains left ankle vs. Clippers

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez re-sprained his left ankle late in the third quarter of Thursday night’s 102-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Lopez plans to travel to Detroit for Friday night’s game, and wants to play, but is uncertain if he will, saying it will be up to trainer Tim Walsh.

“I just sprained it a little. It’ll be all right,” Lopez said.

Lopez suffered the injury with about four minutes remaining in the third, when he stumbled to the floor after being double-teamed in the post. He came up limping and checked out of the game.

But after being worked on by Walsh, Lopez checked back in, only to check out again and head to the locker room shortly thereafter. Lopez did return to the bench in the fourth before heading back in with the game out of reach.

Lopez, 25, missed seven games after originally spraining his left ankle Nov. 15 in Phoenix.

Lopez finished Thursday night’s game with 16 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes.

He came into the game ranked second in the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating behind only Miami Heat forward LeBron James.