Andrei Kirilenko made it official Wednesday morning: he needs a 5-on-5 practice before he will be ready to play. The Nets are practicing tomorrow back in the New York area before playing the Heat on Friday.
Kirilenko says he's out tonight but is still hopeful for Friday. Says he needs to play 5-on-5. Hopes to do so tomorrow.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 30, 2013
While that's been cleared up, the mystery of who will fill in for the suspended Jason Kidd sorta remains. Kidd, as has become his style, wouldn't talk about it.
Jason Kidd still being coy about who will coach #Nets tonight while he sits at team hotel. But KG spilled beans, confirming what we assumed.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) October 30, 2013
Garnett on not having Kidd tonight: "Lawrence is going to probably hold us down until he gets back and we are going to adjust accordingly."— Rod Boone (@rodboone) October 30, 2013
Meanwhile, Paul Pierce said his toe, hurt in the Heat game, is still bothering him.
Paul Pierce says he's still is bothered by his jammed big toe. "Hopefully, I'll go tonight." Everyone expects him to play.— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) October 30, 2013
As the game got closer, Joe Johnson made it clear he's excited.
#Brooklynnets Joe Johnson on preseason camp: "We’re kind of tired of beating up on each other. It’s time to beat up somebody else."— Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) October 30, 2013