The Brooklyn Nets had Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko back on the court this afternoon. Well, sort of. Kirilenko, who has played in just four games this season due to back spasms, went through some non-contact drills at practice today. Terry, who has hasn't played in nearly a month -- out since November 20 -- due to a knee injury, also went through some non-contact drills today.
Andrei Kirilenko & Jason Terry doing some non-contact drills that involve running from what we can see. Nets officially didn't practice.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 19, 2013
Kirilenko said earlier in the week that he was targeting a return to action -- more likely practice, not a game -- sometime around Christmas. As for Terry, we don't have any firm update other than the report that he was a week or two away, again, earlier this week.
One other note, Joe Johnson was not with the team today due to "personal reasons."
Nets didn't have an official practice today, but Joe Johnson (personal reasons) isn't here today. He should be available tomorrow.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) December 19, 2013
He is expected to play tomorrow, which will be helpful as the Nets take on a Philadelphia 76ers team that is expected to have Michael Carter-Williams back in the lineup.
Meanwhile, Devin Kharpertian believes Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett have been hinting that Paul Pierce held back on early season injuries.
- AK-47, JET moving closer to return - Ohm Youngmisuk - ESPN New York
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- Johnson is Nets' Ol' Reliable - John Torenli - Brooklyn Eagle
KG, Deron hint at Paul Pierce hiding injuries - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game