Progress! Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez, who has missed the last seven games after spraining his ankle against the Phoenix Suns, is a game-time decision to play against the Houston Rockets Friday night. Lopez's presence would be a game-changer against the Rockets, who trot out former Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard.

But the good news stops there: Lopez is the only one of the team's four injured players to make the two-game road trip to Houston and Memphis with the team, ruling them out for at least the weekend.

Point guard Deron Williams, who injured his ankle against the Phoenix Suns on November 15th and re-injured it five days later against the Charlotte Bobcats, will be re-evaluated on Monday. Small forward Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) and guard Jason Terry (knee) will be out until at least December 7th, when the team faces the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets play their crosstown rival New York Knicks on Thursday, December 5th.