Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko has been ruled out for Wednesday night’s game against the Miami Heat with an ankle injury, the team announced 75 minutes before tipoff.
Kirilenko described the injury, officially ruled as a right ankle sprain, as a “tweak” he suffered by accidentally stepping on Deron Williams’s foot during the team’s Sunday night victory over the Sacramento Kings, adding that his “lateral motion” didn’t feel right.
Kirilenko also sat out Monday night with the injury, though he worked out during the game in an attempt to loosen the injury up.
The Nets could’ve used Kirilenko’s presence defending reigning MVP LeBron James; James has scored 62 points in two games against the Nets this season, shooting 57.5 percent from the field.
The Nets will be without Kirilenko and starting center Kevin Garnett, who did not make the trip to Miami with the team as he rehabilitates from back spasms.