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Brooklyn’s Lopez breaks foot, might miss rest of season


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The Brooklyn Nets’ disaster of a season just got much, much worse.

Brook Lopez, the team’s All-Star center and most reliable offensive option, fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot and could miss the rest of the season. The injury occurred during Friday night’s overtime loss at Philadelphia.

The Nets provided no timetable for his return, saying in a release that Lopez will be evaluated by team doctors in the coming week.

It’s the third time Lopez has fractured the same bone in his right foot, and his fourth major issue with the foot since December 2011. Previously, Lopez’s recovery timetable had been set at 6-8 weeks. But given the repetitive nature of the injury, he could be out much longer this time.

In the short term, losing Lopez is a devastating blow for a team already in turmoil. The Nets started the season with championship expectations, but limped out to a 9-17 record. Over the last three seasons, the Nets are 55-41 when Lopez plays and 25-53 when he does not.

Buzz back in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bobcats owner Michael Jordan unveiled the new brand identity the Charlotte Hornets will use after this season. Jordan introduced the team’s primary new logo and word mark — as well as eight alternatives — during a halftime ceremony, saying “You guys asked and we delivered.”

The primary logo features the purple and teal formerly used by the Charlotte Hornets from 1988-2002 with a more aggressive-looking hornet with piercing eyes, a raised antennae, larger wings and pointed stinger. In the logo is a basketball that doubles as the hornet’s body with the Hornets wood mark written across it.

The Bobcats officially become the Hornets the day after their final game this season.

“Tonight is a special night,” Jordan said.

The cost to change from the Bobcats to the Hornets is around $4 million, according to ESPN.

Notes

Russell Westbrook had 31 points and Oklahoma City used a strong second quarter to beat host San Antonio, 113-100, for its ninth straight victory.

Damian Lillard hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:27 to play and scored 29 to lead host Portland to a 110-107 victory over New Orleans.

• Former Rainier Beach standout Jamal Crawford scored 27 points, 18 on three-pointers, to help the Los Angeles Clippers to a 112-91 victory over visiting Denver. Blake Griffin had 24 points and 16 rebounds.

Dwight Howard had 35 points and 19 rebounds, leading short-handed Houston to a 114-97 victory at Detroit.

• Former Husky Isaiah Thomas had 23 points and nine rebounds as Sacramento earned a 105-100 victory in Orlando.

• Former Husky Spencer Hawes had 25 points and 11 rebounds, but Philadelphia lost 116-106 at Milwaukee.

• Bobcats small forward Jeffery Taylor will miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured right Achilles tendon.



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