Andrei Kirilenko and Paul Pierce missed practice for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Pierce’s injury is not considered to be serious; however, Kirilenko’s injury is more concerning. Kirilenko is still recovering from back spasms that he has been experiencing for most of the preseason. Pierce did not practice at all on Sunday while Kirilenko only did light treadmill work.
When asked about his injury, Pierce said:
Just jammed it the other day in the game, just taking a couple days of rest. Going into the season, you want to make sure you’re 100 percent, take extra precaution and see how it feels tomorrow.
Coach Jason Kidd added on Pierce’s injury:
He deserves a day off. He got his work in. He stubbed his toe in the Miami game so there was no need for him to go today.
Kidd also talked about Kirilenko’s injury:
He was out. He got some treadmill work in, but he didn’t do anything on the floor. It’s a day-by-day thing with him.
It seems like we can expect Pierce to return to 100% before Kirilenko fully recovers.