Brook Lopez doubtful for Nets opener

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has been listed as doubtful for Wednesday night’s regular-season opener against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

Lopez (right midfoot sprain) went through his second non-contact practice Tuesday. He was expected to be out 10-to-14 days based on the timetable that the Nets gave reporters back on Oct. 16.

If Lopez cannot play, Nets coach Lionel Hollins said Mason Plumlee would likely start in his place next to Kevin Garnett.

"That's the way I wanna do it [if Lopez can’t go]," Hollins said.

Nets GM Billy King has said the team is targeting one of the next three games for Lopez’s return. Brooklyn heads to Detroit on Saturday before returning for its home opener against Oklahoma City on Monday.

TAXED: The Nets will open the season with the highest luxury tax in the NBA ($35.6 million), according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Their final number, however, cannot be computed until the end of the regular season.

Last season, Brooklyn paid a league-record $90.57 million in taxes.

OVERPAID: Joe Johnson is second and Deron Williams fourth in ESPN Insider Larry Coon’s most overpaid players based on the amount by which they are overpaid:

Johnson's expected salary: $7,880,777; actual salary: $23,180,790; difference: $15,300,013

Williams expected salary: $8,190,197; actual salary: $19,754,465; difference: $11,564,268

Coon also writes that the Nets are the most overpaid team in the league by $42,321,618. You can read the entire story here (Insider).

HEALTH IS KEY: Last season, Lopez, Andrei Kirilenko, Johnson and Williams missed a combined 148 games. The Nets have to hope that quartet is healthier in 2014-15.

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR: The Nets are tied for second in the league with six international players: Mirza Teletovic, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jerome Jordan, Jorge Gutierrez, Sergey Karasev and Kirilenko.