Nets’ Lopez out three weeks with ankle sprain
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.