NEW YORK -- There is no timetable for Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko’s return, coach Jason Kidd told reporters Monday.
Kirilenko, who did not go with the team to practice at Fort Hamilton, missed Saturday night’s game due to back spasms. The same issue caused him to miss the regular-season opener and the last five preseason games.
Kirilenko, 32, is averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds on 42.9 percent shooting for the Nets. His versatility on both ends of the floor has been quite useful off the bench.
• Kidd continues to preach patience in light of his team’s 2-4 start.
“We could easily say we could be 5-1, but we have to pay attention to the small details,” Kidd said. “I think that’s something that’s gotten away from us a little bit.”
Kidd agreed that the Nets need to do a better job of executing -- especially at the end of quarters.
“Again this is a new group, and you have to be able to execute if you want to win -- not just offensively but defensively, too,” Kidd said. “So it’s something that we’re working on.”
• Paul Pierce has gotten off to a great start, averaging 13.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists on 49.1 percent shooting.
“It’s been an adjustment. There are going to be nights where I don’t get as many shots as the previous night,” Pierce said. “You just have to try to find ways to contribute in other ways -- defensively, rebounding, being on the bench cheering for my teammates. The older I get, the less of a role I’m going to play. It’s an adjustment and you have to be mentally prepared for it.