Nets’ Lopez out three weeks with an­kle sprain

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N. J. | New Jer­sey Nets cen­ter Brook Lopez has a sprained right an­kle and will miss three weeks. Lopez was in­jured dur­ing the third quar­ter of the Nets’ 104-101 win over Char­lotte on Sun­day. He will have his foot placed in a walk­ing boot as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

The oft-in­jured Lopez has played in just five games this sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 19.2 points, 3.6 re­bounds and 27.2 min­utes. He missed the first 33 games with a frac­tured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Utah shoot­ing guard Raja Bell was in the start­ing lineup Mon­day night at Cleve­land af­ter miss­ing six games with a strained left ad­duc­tor. Bell, who is av­er­ag­ing 7.4 points in 27 games, played for the first time since Feb. 19. An 11-year veteran, Bell is shoot­ing 43.4 on 3-point­ers. En­ter­ing Mon­day night, the Jazz had lost six straight road games and were 3-13 away from home.

The Sacra­mento Kings ex­tended coach Keith Smart’s con­tract through the 2012-13 sea­son. Smart, 47, re­placed the fired Paul West­phal in early Jan­uary. The Kings, who lost 96-88 at Phoenix on Sun­day, are 12-25 and have dropped eight of their past 10.

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