Andrei Kirilenko told the media prior to the start of the Nets game against the 76ers that he is hoping to return to action sometime around Christmas. Kirilenko hasn't played since November 8, due to back spasms.
Andrei Kirilenko (back) is targeting one of the home games around Christmas to make his return.— Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) December 16, 2013
#BrooklynNets Andrei Kirilenko said he hopes to play in a home game before Nets go on brutal Indy-San Antonio-OKC trip 12/28 to 1/2— Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) December 16, 2013
Andrei Kirilenko, who has been out since Nov. 8 with back spasms, said he hopes to be return to practice before Christmas.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 16, 2013
Andrei Kirilenko also said that he's had three setbacks as he's tried to return from back spasms. He's missed 19 of 23 games this season.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 16, 2013
Kirilenko said usually when he experiences back spasms, he returns to action in 7-10 days. But this time he keeps having setbacks when close— Rod Boone (@rodboone) December 16, 2013
Kirilenko, who signed with the Nets in the offseason has played in just four games this season. He's averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13-plus minutes per game.
- Kirilenko to miss 20th game of season - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Andrei Kirilenko plans on returning next week - Rod Boone - ESPN New York
- Nets notes: Andrei Kirilenko is progressing - Andy Vasquez - The Record