Andrei Kirilenko injury: Nets forward needed epidural injection to ease back pain

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Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko needed an injection to ease back spasms.

Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko has dealt with back spasms in recent years, but leading into the 2013-14 season, they became too frequent. To combat the returning pain, the forward opted for an epidural injection to treat his back a week ago, he told the New York Daily News.

After back spasms hampered Kirilenko in the preseason, the forward returned to play in the second regular-season game of the year. He lasted only four games and averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest in 13.3 minutes.

The recovery from the treatment lasts 10-14 days, which has kept Kirilenko out of the Nets' last six games.

"I tried to treat it, come back, again, it gets hurt," Kirilenko told the New York Daily News. "I was feeling good in a week, come back, again it starts to hurt.

"That's why we decided to the shot. Now we're trying to wait the full period and try to avoid re-injury."

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Kirilenko added before a matchup on Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats that he was at a recovery period of eight or nine days. Head coach Jason Kidd said the Russian forward could begin playing again as soon as Sunday, when Brooklyn hosts the Detroit Pistons.

The Nets' next game is Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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