Andrei Kirilenko hurts left ankle

Nets' Andrei Kirilenko puts up a shot against

Nets' Andrei Kirilenko puts up a shot against up against the Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton in the first half of a game on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Milwaukee. (Credit: AP / Jeffrey Phelps)

DALLAS -- As if the Nets haven't dealt with myriad injuries, they saw someone who's had his troubles staying on the court come up gimpy in the second quarter and not return.

Andrei Kirilenko, who missed two recent games with a sprained right ankle, appeared to tweak his left ankle when he came down on Brandan Wright's left foot while trying to corral a loose ball.

X-rays were negative and his status for Monday night's game against the Pelicans in New Orleans is up in the air.

"It feels a little swollen, a little numb because we've got a lot of ice on it," Kirilenko said after the Nets' 107-104 overtime victory. "We'll see tomorrow. Tomorrow is a critical day."

Kirilenko's absence left the Nets -- who won't have the services of Kevin Garnett (back spasms) on this trip -- even thinner up front. It's the latest frustrating injury in a season full of them for Kirilenko, who has sat out 32 games with a variety of ailments. "Nothing I can do about it," he said. "All I can do is just try to get back healthy and work on it."

 

Kidd isn't nostalgic

Jason Kidd had his poker face on again Sunday night. He was back at American Airlines Center, tooling around the arena where he helped win a championship in 2011.

Coaching there for the first time. On his 41st birthday. Facing off against the Mavericks' Rick Carlisle, the coach when point guard Kidd won the title.

Yet Kidd stayed with his usual nonchalant theme, mostly brushing off any kind of emotions that might've been bubbling up inside of him.

"It's just like any other arena," he said before tipoff. "We've got a game to play. It's always good to come back to a place where you win a championship, so it's a good feeling."

Carlisle said he's not surprised that the Nets have turned it around. After beating Dallas, 107-104, in overtime, they are an Eastern Conference-best 27-10 since Jan. 1.

Said Carlisle: "They had health issues. They had new guys, all of the things that make teams look better on paper than it's going to be initially regardless of what happens -- and a hard schedule. So all of that stuff turns into the perfect storm and it makes it very difficult. And when you get in that kind of a hole . . . you're digging out all year, and so you are up against it all the time. And being up against it can bring a team closer and can kind of galvanize things."

 

Cuban clams up

If Mark Cuban is planning on having Kidd's jersey raised to the rafters someday, he's not letting anyone in on his little secret. At least not publicly.

The Mavericks' owner usually never holds his tongue on anything, but he played it coy Sunday night when asked if he could see the organization retiring Kidd's jersey in the future.

"I don't know," Cuban said. "We'll see. I don't pre-announce."

 

Cuban-Russian affairs

Although Cuban typically doesn't mind taking subtle jabs at Mikhail Prokhorov, he didn't bite when the name of the Nets' owner was brought up. With the unrest between the United States and Russia because of Ukraine, Cuban didn't have any inkling what that could mean for the Nets' Russian owner. "I've thought about it, but I don't know enough," Cuban said. "I don't know who he's friends with and who he's not friends with and all that stuff. So I have no idea."

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