The Brooklyn Nets could be getting the help they need to break a four-game slide in time for another visit by the New York Knicks.
Brook Lopez turned in a big game the first time these Atlantic Division rivals met and could be back for Tuesday night's matchup.
Brooklyn (11-8) won 96-89 in overtime over New York (15-5) at home on Nov. 26. The game was originally scheduled as the Nets' opener in their new home before it was postponed by Superstorm Sandy. Lopez starred with 22 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
The Nets big man has missed the last five games with a mild foot sprain. The lack of his defensive presence has been evident with opponents shooting 52.1 percent against the Nets during their skid.
Lopez practiced Monday, and it will be a game-time decision if he plays.
"I'm feeling good," Lopez said. "It was great to go through an entire practice. I wasn't sure I'd be able to - not necessarily because of whatever happened with my foot, but just my conditioning."