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Andrei Kirilenko not traveling with Nets on road trip

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Andrei Kirilenko will not join the Nets on their road trip.  (USATSI)
Andrei Kirilenko will not join the Nets on their road trip. (USATSI)

The Brooklyn Nets, stumbling and struggling at 2-4, have a three-game West Coast road trip coming up. But as much as they've been struggling, they have even more challenges ahead as reserve forward Andrei Kirilenko will miss the entire trip with his sore back that has limted him this season.

Kirilenko has been a disaster this year due to the injury. He's averaging six points and three rebounds on 42 percent shooting, and the Nets have been outscored by 6.4 points per 48 minutes with him on the floor. Defense was the biggest reason Kirilenko was brought on board, but with him on the floor, opponents have scored an insane 1.15 points per possession.

Like I said, a disaster. Hopefully the time off will get him healthy and he can become a productive member of the team, and hopefully the Nets will rally without him. Mikhail Prokhorov doesn't seem like the kind of guy who woud be cool with spending $100 million for disappointment.

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