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Even if it comes with a minutes restriction, if Kirilenko can get back on the court with his teammates, it could be a big emotional lift for a squad that's lost five of its last six games. "I feel great," Kirilenko said yesterday as he sat with a bag of ice attached to his back. "I mean, this is what I was waiting for, a normal practice when you can play five-on-five with no limitation. It went well . . . It's getting better every day. So playing for tomorrow, we'll see how it feels in the morning, though, because usually after having a good practice in the morning, that's the main thing: How are you going to feel the next day? "So I don't want to play the game and then miss two or three games." Newsday

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After Kidd said Friday Andrei Kirilenko likely would not make the trip because of his ongoing bout with back spasms, Kirilenko did travel with the team and worked out before Saturday’s loss. Kidd said Kirilenko, who has missed 25 consecutive games and 26 overall because of the spasmss, potentially could begin playing in either San Antonio Tuesday or Oklahoma City on Thursday. New York Post

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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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