Nets go without Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Andrei Kirilenko

Nets' Deron Williams leaves the game after being Nets' Deron Williams leaves the game after being injured against the Phoenix Suns during the first half. (Nov. 15, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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Once again, the Nets were short-handed Monday night as Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Andrei Kirilenko all sat out the game against Portland with injuries.

They got some good news, however, as Kirilenko has started working out and will join the team on their two-game road trip this week to Charlotte and Minnesota. Kirilenko has been suffering from back spasms but made the recent West Coast trip. He hasn't played since Nov. 8.

Kirilenko wasn't the only player missing in the loss to the Clippers Saturday. Williams (sprained left ankle), Lopez (sprained left ankle), Kevin Garnett (sprained right ankle) and Paul Pierce (sore left groin) all were sidelined.

Kidd, who has been tight- lipped about the team's injuries, said there is no "timetable" for the return of Lopez or Williams.

With all the injuries, the Nets started their third different starting lineup in their last three games. Kidd started Reggie Evans in place of Lopez and Shaun Livingston in place of Williams.

Kidd needs a workout

Kidd said before Monday night's game that he may have to start working out because of his new coaching style where he stands more on the sideline.

"It was somewhat out of my comfort zone standing up and being vocal, but if that's what the guys need that's what I gotta do," he said. "I have to get in shape. Those aren't basketball shoes on me. I'm getting more comfortable. I might have to start working out."

 

Nets expect Kobe

Kidd is expecting Kobe Bryant, who was recently cleared to play, to be on the floor when the Lakers come to Brooklyn next week.

"If he's been cleared, I wouldn't be surprised if he's playing in the next game. That's who he is," Kidd said. "He's a competitor and he's a warrior. If they say he's going to be back in a certain time, he will cut that time in half."

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