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Monday, September 29, 2014

Nets Injury Update: Andrei Kirilenko out at least a week with back tightness

By on 9/29/2014 08:00:00 AM

The Brooklyn Nets entered training camp coming off a 44-win season last year and a first round upset of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference playoffs. In order to continue their rise in the conference, the Nets must improve on an offense that was 21st in the league in scoring, and also improve their rebounding, which ranked 29th in the league. One player who figures to be a significant piece to the puzzle is Andrei Kirilenko, but he'll be out at least a week with back tightness. 

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As reported by Mike Mazzeo of,  Kirilenko was working with starters during the opening day of Nets traning camp. The most recent injury to his back could keep him sidelined a week to ten days.

Back problems are not new to Kirlenko, who has been dealing with them over the last eight seasons. He began feeling tightness on Saturday, but didn't feel the injury was from the practice.
 “I don’t feel any pain right now. I just feel tightness only. Yesterday I started feeling it so I told [trainer Tim Walsh] and we kinda started to slow it down a little bit so we wouldn’t get to the point where it was completely sore.”
Kirilenko is unsure whether or not he'll be ready for the Nets first preseason game on October 7. Right now he'll take some prescription medication and rest. 

Kirilenko has played for the Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Nets during his 12-year career. He averaged five points and 3.2 rebounds, while shooting 51.3 percent from the floor this season. Kirilenko's best season was in 2003-2004 when he averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds in 37.1 minutes per game. 

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