Andrei Kirilenko — and the Nets — will have to wait at least one more day.
The Brooklyn Nets forward expected to play Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, going so far as to tell a fan on Instagram that he’d play in the game after Christmas. But the Nets released their official injury report Friday morning, and Kirilenko — who’s fought back spasms since October — has officially been ruled out.
Kirilenko has not played since a four-minute stint in an overtime loss November 8th. This is the longest that he’s been sidelined by spasms in his career. Earlier this year, Kirilenko called the spasms the worst he’s ever had.
Kidd told reporters at Friday morning’s shootaround that Kirilenko is not expected to make the three-game road trip with the team. That would rule him out until at least January 4th, against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The 32-year-old Russian, in the first season of a two-year contract, was visibly frustrated when he spoke with The Brooklyn Game on December 12th, saying that he targeted a ten-day timeline for return.
15 days later, Kirilenko’s still waiting.