He’s a great quote, too.
And he likely delivered his best one of the year following his team’s 89-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night at Barclays Center.
Asked why he always looks so calm on the court, Kirilenko replied, “I’ve always been like that. I guess it’s just I’m a cold-blooded Russian.”
Kirilenko has provided plenty of energy and effort since his return from back spasms. The team definitely plays better when he’s out there.
Saturday night, Kirilenko provided eight points and two rebounds in 14 minutes. Afterward, he said he felt pretty good.
“It’s gonna be more and more minutes the next few games,” Kirilenko said.
That’s a good sign for the Nets.
“He’s a pro,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “Sometimes the stat sheet doesn’t show it, but he does all the little things, coming up with loose balls, finding open teammates and being able to cut and finish plays.”
Kirilenko always seemed to come in and stop a Cleveland run.
“His defensive mindset, and being 6-foot-9 with long arms, he’s a guy that can guard a point guard or a forward,” Kidd said. “He’s another guy with a high basketball IQ. He always tends to find the ball or the ball finds him.”
• Andray Blatche had a nice return to the lineup after missing the past four games due to undisclosed personal reasons.
He had 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.
“It felt good. It felt good to come back and help the team get a win,” Blatche said.
He added: “We’re not buckling. We’re fighting and we’re competing, and that’s what we need to do all season.”
• Deron Williams, who scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, is averaging 25 points in his past two games.
He nearly broke Matthew Dellavedova's ankles with a crossover dribble and pull-up jumper with 2:13 left in the first quarter.
“Two games in a row now he’s been big for us, leading the way,” Kidd said. “He’s getting great looks and also finding his teammates, that’s been a big plus for us.”