Brook Lopez and Shane Larkin each scored 17 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Detroit Pistons 93-83 in a preseason game Thursday night.
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Brooklyn to be short-handed vs. Pistons
The Nets will be without Jarrett Jack (rest), Joe Johnson (rest), Markel Brown (oblique), Andrea Bargnani (hamstring), Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle), Thomas Robinson (wrist), Willie Reed (quad) and Sergey Karasev for Thursday’s preseason game against Detroit, the team announced. Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, Rondae-Hollis Jefferson, Wayne Ellington and Shane Larkin will start, the New York Post reports. (via Mike Mazzeo)
Injury updates on McCullough, Bogdanovic
Brooklyn GM Billy King said Wednesday the team's goal is for Chris McCullough (ACL injury rehab) to get on the court this season. The Nets will provide no further updates on the condition of their 2015 first-rounder. Also, Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) won't travel to Detroit for Thursday's preseason game against the Pistons.
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A team grows in Brooklyn
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Nets Markel Brown to miss preseason
An update with be given on Brown (left oblique strain) following the completion of the preseason, the team added. Andrea Bargnani (hamstring), Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle), Thomas Robinson (wrist) and Willie Reed (quad) also did not practice Tuesday. Brooklyn next faces the Pistons on Thursday.
Brooklyn's defense was in preseason form against Turkish pro team Fenerbahce Ulker, which handed the Nets a 101-96 loss on Monday.
Can Lopez lead the Nets?
Brook Lopez is an efficient scorer and above-average rim protector. Can he recapture his All-Star form to keep the Nets relevant in the East? Kevin Pelton has an in-depth analysis breaking down Brooklyn’s roster. Nets player profiles (Insider)
Nets taking stock of roster
Andrea Bargnani, suffering from hamstring tightness, underwent a precautionary MRI, which was negative. Bargnani will skip Brooklyn's matchup with Fenerbahce Ulker tonight and his $50 million teammate, Thaddeus Young, will join him on the bench to start the game. Young, the projected regular-season starter, will play off the bench as coach Lionel Hollins gets a better look at other lineups.
Bargnani to miss preseason game
F/C Andrea Bargnani (hamstring tightness) will not play tonight in Brooklyn's first preseason game against Fenerbahce Ulker. Bargnani has missed 175 games over the past four seasons due to injury. G Markel Brown (oblique), F/C Willie Reed (quad) and F Chris McCullough (knee) are also out for the team.
Brook Lopez to take more 3s this season
Lopez even joked that he's going to take 600 3-pointers in 2015-16. Lopez, who is 1-for-17 from downtown in his career, worked a lot on his 3-point shooting over the summer. "I'm confident in that situation to put one up if Coach (Hollins) calls my number in that regard," he said.
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Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov can ball ...
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Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov joined the team at Duke University for training camp on Wednesday.
Brook Lopez, who for the first time in four offseasons didn't have to rehab an injury, is ready to be the "go-to guy" for the Nets.
Lopez looking to become leader
With Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett having moved on, a healthy Brook Lopez is ready to embrace a leadership role for the Nets: "I told Lionel [Hollins], I told Westy [Paul Westphal], all the guys. I'm ready for this opportunity. I want to be out there. I want to be the guy to lead the team, and have them prepare for that."
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Jack in next round of rankings
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