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Kirilenko doesn't sound like someone who is close to returning

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Tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats, Andrei Kirilenko will be on the sidelines in "street clothes," having missed his seventh game of this young NBA season. Again, the reason for his absence is back spasms.

Though as Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game writes, Kirilenko is not so confident that his back is getting close to being fully healed.

"Usually I know how long it takes, and (it's taken) way longer than I usually have it," Kirilenko said, a frustrated smile creeping across his face. "So I am trying to take care a little bit more. That is why I am not that confident."

With this being "the longest" his back spasms have ever lingered, according to Kirilenko, there's certainly good reason why the Nets are taking their time in getting him back out on the court.

"It’s just all up to the doctors," Kirilenko said Wednesday, after sitting out practice and doing some light shooting afterwards. "If they are really confident, because I am not confident. I am really trying to rely on the doctors and what they want for me because it is a little bit longer than I expect. Taking a little bit precaution."

Kharpertian notes that Kirilenko has been participating in "motion drills" and has done some light running, but he's still "a few days away from NBA game speed."