Reports out of Nets practice today are that Deron Williams (ankle) was limited and Andrei Kirilenko (back) was held out and will not play on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics, the second to last preseason game for the Nets.
Kirilenko has had a setback. Been downgraded to out today with back spasms. Deron, Toko still limited.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 22, 2013
Kidd said Kirilenko will stay home this week. Said his back tightened up on Sunday during open practice.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 22, 2013
Kidd said hope is that Kirilenko will be able to participate in practice when team gets back from Miami.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 22, 2013
This will be the 4th straight DNP for Kirilenko, who continues to struggle with back spasms.
Brooklyn will be without Williams, Kirilenko, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett when they suit up against the Celtics on Wednesday. They have yet to see their full, healthy starting lineup during the preseason, and there are already rumblings that Williams will not be ready by opening night. As noted, Kidd said he hopes Kirilenko will be back in uniform for practices between the Miami preseason game and Opening Night in Cleveland.