Andrei Kirilenko will play for Nets Friday, Kevin Garnett still out

Kirilenko returns to the lineup but Garnett is still out. (USATSI)
Andrei Kirilenko returns to the lineup but Kevin Garnett is still out. (USATSI)

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The Brooklyn Nets haven't been at full strength all season long and even with center Brook Lopez being done for the season, we still haven't seen them at full strength with the rest of their players. The team will get Andrei Kirilenko back Friday night when they take on the Detroit Pistons, after he's missed six straight games with a sprained left ankle. However, don't expect them to have their full complement of players just yet.

Kevin Garnett is going to miss his 19th straight game of the season with back spasms that have left him unable to even try getting out there. He last played on February 27 when he gave the Nets 12 minutes in a win over the Nuggets. 

The Nets have survived this stretch of games without Garnett thanks to Miles Plumlee stepping up in his rookie season. The team is 13-5 in this latest stretch and should be able to win another game without their big man with the Pistons in town. Kiriklenko being back should help immensely as well. The team is 26-11 when he plays this season.

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