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Andrei Kirilenko: "I completely stopped paying attention to my stats"

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Andrei Kirilenko isn't worried about his statistics, even after his first start --and first double-double-- Sunday.

"This season I completely stopped paying attention to my stats," he told Pavel Osipov of Russia's Sport-Express. "It doesn’t make any sense when you play much less than you used to. But on the other hand, it’s a new club and there are new goals. This is why stats don’t mean anything for me."

Kirilenko was interviewed after the Nets win over the Lakers, a game where he finished with 10 and 10. The interview was translated by Rush'n Hoops' Alexander Chernykh. He said the 67 minutes he played the weekend back-to-back didn't bother him.

"I felt myself even better during the second game, felt being at 100 percent – just the way I should," he told Osipov. "This is why I was running and jumping around. Didn’t make all my shots though (laughs). In previous games, it was like playing half the norm."

There's no indication the writer asked AK-47 about the arrival of Jason Collins. Nor did the highlights video attached to the interview show Collins enter the game, and thus become the first openly gay professional athlete in US sports.