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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has been ruled out for at least the next four games after an MRI scan revealed that he is suffering with a lower back strain.
Lopez is expected to be re-evaluated in a week although it is unclear at this stage as to how the Nets star injured his back in the first place.
It is reported that Nets trainer Tim Walsh informed coach Lionel Hollins before Sunday’s practice session that Lopez would require an MRI scan.
With the 26-year-old set for yet another spell on the sidelines, it will come as a huge disappointment for the team who will face the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday in the second game in his absence.
Lopez has had a history of injuries throughout his career and has missed 136 games since the 2011/12 season with his foot the main problem area previously.
However, he remains an important part of the Nets’ plans this season and he is averaging 16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game so far.
In his absence, the Nets could consider going small by moving Kevin Garnett to center and bringing in Mirza Teletovic at stretch forward to complete the starting five.
Brooklyn face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night at the Barclays Center with Joe Johnson also listed as probable for the game after recently suffering with a stomach virus.
However, for the long-term success of the team, Hollins will hope that Lopez will recover quickly and play a vital role for the Nets despite their reported differences of opinion so far this year.