Brooklyn Nets

Andrei Kirilenko's Wife Wondering Why Jason Kidd Benched Him for Playoff Game

Brooklyn Nets' Andrei Kirilenko (47) moves the ball against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Joe FlynnContributor IApril 19, 2014

The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff matchup on Saturday afternoon, snatching away home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series in the process.

That is a pretty successful day. It would follow, then, that nobody associated with the Nets organization would have a problem with what transpired in Toronto. 

Somebody forgot to tell Masha Lopatova, wife of Brooklyn forward Andrei Kirilenko.

Lopatova stood by her man and took to Instagram to voice her displeasure at the fact that her husband did not see a single minute of playing time during the Nets' 94-87 win, per The Brooklyn Game's Devin Kharpertian:

She's stayed married to a man with that haircut for 13 years, so you can't question her commitment.

Lopatova wasn't the only one surprised to see Kirilenko glued so firmly to the bench, however, as his absence was a hot topic on Twitter:

Kirilenko averaged 19.0 minutes per game for the Nets in 2013-14, but only appeared in 45 games as he struggled through a variety of physical ailments. He did, however, play in Brooklyn's final nine games of the regular season, averaging 22.0 minutes.

A former All-Star, Kirilenko signed a below-market $3.2 million deal to play with the Nets. He was supposed to be the defensive linchpin of Brooklyn's second unit. But he hasn't been quite the player he was earlier in his career. Per Basketball-Reference.com, Kirilenko averaged a minus-2.3 on/off rating for Brooklyn in 2013-14.

After the game, Nets head coach Jason Kidd remained vague about why he decide to sit Kirilenko, per Kharpertian"I played 10 guys. I can't play them all."

Given the fact that he took less money to come to Brooklyn and contend for a title, neither Kirilenko nor his wife should complain about his playing time, so long as the team continues to win. But if Kidd sits him again in Game 2, and the Nets fall to the Raptors, there could be some more griping from the entire Kirilenko family.

 

All statistics are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.

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