EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Andrei Kirilenko did not make the trip out west with the Nets because of back spasms.
Kirilenko is out for at least the next three games.
"He will stay back and get some treatment and rehab," head coach Jason Kidd said. "AK will heal and get back into the swing of things."
Kirilenko did not play in last Saturday's loss to Indiana. He has missed two games this season and is averaging 5.8 points in 13.3 minutes off the bench thus far. With Kirilenko out, Alan Anderson should continue to see consistent minutes off the bench.
"For AK, I think he’ll be fine," Kidd said. "He has to rehab and work and hopefully he’ll be back soon."
Kidd on KG: Kevin Garnett is in a shooting slump, making just 32.1 percent of his shots and averaging six points.
Kidd says Garnett is healthy and not hurting. And he's been getting the type of perimeter shots he feels most comfortable shooting.
"He can shoot those [perimeter] shots," Kidd said. "That’s his comfort level. He is not going to stop working and he is going to have those opportunities again throughout the season and we all believe he can make those shots."
"He wouldn’t have been the player or have had the career if he hasn’t missed shots," Kidd added. "There is no difference in what he is doing now than when he was 25 years old."
Wisdom over youth? During this three-game West Coast swing, the Nets will face some young, athletic teams. Sacramento and Phoenix are rebuilding with younger talent and the Clippers certainly can play above the rim with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
The Nets will have to rely on their experience and smarts.
"I don’t know where we stand on age of teams," Kidd said. "But I would have to guess we might be one of the oldest teams and they’re all younger than us. I think for us the challenge is to win on the road right now and we have the opportunity come Wednesday.”