The Brooklyn Nets cannot catch a break. The latest bad news for the team is that Brook Lopez will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. The big man was having the best year of any player on that team. He was averaging 20 points per game, along with 6 rebounds. He was the anchor of their defense, averaging 1.8 blocks a game and opponents were shooting 40.3% at the rim.
This injury shifts the balance in the Atlantic Division. The Nets are invested in the group they have. They have no real trade assets and no drafts picks to deal for another big man, even with Omer Asik on the trading block.
How does this affect the Boston Celtics? Well, suddenly they are the best team in the Division. They are completely healthy, they have trade assets if they want to try to get better, and they could also make deals to get worse if Danny Ainge is not totally happy with the roster as it is constructed right now.
Brooke Lopez is a huge loss for the Nets, and it will be another test for new coach Jason Kidd. Now Kevin Garnett might have to slide back to the role of center. He was successful in that role with the Celtics in their deep 2011 playoff run. However, it is not clear if he is ready to hangle that load. Andre Blatche would be the other player the Nets will have to lean on. Who would have thought two players with a negative history, Garnett and Blatche, would be now the key front court players for the Nets.
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