Andrei Kirilenko set to return Friday vs. Miami

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Andrei Kirilenko missed the Nets' season opener in Cleveland Wednesday night with a back injury, but is set to rejoin the team on Friday.

The Nets badly need Kirilenko back for bench scoring and defense. Without him the Cavs' perimeter attack shredded the Nets. They also need another forward to stretch the floor and get Paul Pierce some extra minutes on the bench.

The Nets are already dealing with bad ankle for Deron Williams, who had to leave the game in the third quarter Wednesday. For the money Prokhorov is paying for this team, they need to get healthy to make good on all the preseason hype.

The Nets face the Heat Friday, making Kirilenko's return all the more important. They don't want to wind up in an 0-2 hole to start off the biggest season in franchise history.

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