Andrei Kirilenko‘s back problems will not go away. He missed Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, missed Monday’s practice at Fort Hamilton, and now, the Brooklyn Nets announced on Tuesday, he will not be joining the team as they head out west.
Kirilenko has been impressive from time to time when he’s out on the court, but his back spasms will not go away. They flared up early on in the preseason and they have sprung up again on him this week. If he’s not with the team as they go out west to face the Kings, Suns and Clippers that means he’ll be out until next week at the earliest.
In reality, back injuries tend to linger around for a while so next week may be optimistic. Even if he does manage to play on Monday, Nov. 18, their next game in Brooklyn, there will still be a high chance for another setback. It’s very realistic, even if unlikely, that he could be out for the rest of the month or more.
The only good thing about this is that we have not heard the words herniated disc yet. Let’s hope it doesn’t get that bad because that is something that could require surgery to recover from. Kirilenko has not played in more than 67 games since the 2007-08 season due to various injuries. In fact, it’s likely that injury concerns were a major part of the reason why the Nets were able to get him so cheap this past offseason.
Kirilenko has played in four games so far this season and averaged just 13.3 minutes per game in those games. Overall, he has averaged 15.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per 36 minutes with an effective field goal percentage of 42.9. Those are all solid numbers so he has been able to contribute when healthy.