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On Saturday, though, there was a glimmer of hope. Kirilenko appeared on the Nets practice court in East Rutherford, announcing it with a picture on Instagram. The caption, in both English and Russian, said simply, "starting on the court ... finally." What caught our eye was that AK-47 was wearing the Nets' Christmas Day jersey. Was he hinting he might be returning for the noon game that day vs. the Bulls? He told Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game two days ago that he was still "10 days" away from a return following a bout with the worst back spasms of his career, which he has treated with both acupuncture and an epidural. Ten days from Friday is December 22. NetsDaily

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Two epidurals and three setbacks later, Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko still has no timetable for when he will return to the lineup. Kirilenko has already missed 13 games this season because of back spasms. "I'm afraid of giving a timetable, because in the previous occasions, we've given a timetable, but it doesn't work," Kirilenko said. Kirilenko said this time he needs to take more time off before returning to full contract practice. "What I'm doing right now is a lot of physical therapy and kind of strengthening the core," Kirilenko said. ESPN.com

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What's wrong with the Nets? Andrei Kirilenko tells a Russian sports site that they're do not score "enough easy points," that the offense is stagnant. He doesn't blame Jason Kidd, but instead faults execution. Kirilenko was not asked when he might be returning. "We don’t get enough easy points," said Kirilenko, who has played just four games this season due to back spasms. "The team’s fighting, the team’s trying, but something is not right in basketball terms." NetsDaily

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Andrei Kirilenko received in an injection in his back over a week ago that has delayed his return, the small forward told the Daily News. The 32-year-old missed the last six games with back spasms, a recurring pain that kept him home for last week’s West Coast trip. The Nets never revealed the injection, but a team source confirmed Kirilenko had an epidural. “It usually takes 10 days to 2 weeks (for recovery following the injection,” Kirilenko said before he was on the inactive list before Wednesday’s game against the Bobcats. “Right now it’s probably at eight or nine days. Otherwise, I’m good. I usually never have that long period of this injury sustained for that long, for about a month. …The last three or four days there were no feelings of pain. It’s just the medicine they injected you have to for.” New York Daily News

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Andrei Kirilenko received in an injection in his back over a week ago that has delayed his return, the small forward told the Daily News. The 32-year-old missed the last six games with back spasms, a recurring pain that kept him home for last week’s West Coast trip. The Nets never revealed the injection, but a team source confirmed Kirilenko had an epidural. “It usually takes 10 days to 2 weeks (for recovery following the injection,” Kirilenko said before he was on the inactive list before Wednesday’s game against the Bobcats. “Right now it’s probably at eight or nine days. Otherwise, I’m good. I usually never have that long period of this injury sustained for that long, for about a month. …The last three or four days there were no feelings of pain. It’s just the medicine they injected you have to for.” New York Daily News

Andrei Kirilenko, who has missed the past four games with back spasms, also will sit out Wednesday night, though he did accompany the team on their trip this week after staying home for last week’s West Coast trip. New York Post

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