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NBA Playoffs: Andrei Kirilenko thinks he can be back for game six

Apr 23, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

It can’t last, can it? The Jazz can’t keep winning with nobody healthy left on the front line, can they?

Well, yes they can. Their offensive system is a troublesome match for Denver. Doesn’t mean they wouldn’t mind the help.

Andrei Kirilenko wants to be the cavalry. The Russian Cavalry in their Cossack uniforms, but the cavalry nonetheless. That’s what the genuinely brilliant Kevin Arnovitz reports at True Hoop.

Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, sidelined with a strained calf, expressed more cautious optimism that he could return for a potential Game 6 against the Denver Nuggets next Friday.

“It’s a good goal,” Kirilenko said. “Don’t force it, but a good goal….”

“I feel relieved,” Kirilenko said after shootaround on Friday morning. “My calf feels soft. My step is getting better. I was a little bit afraid to step hard, but the pain was gone.”

Sunday or Monday comes the real test, when AK-47 runs on a hard floor. Nothing is certain until then.

Kirilenko had platelet-rich plasma therapy, where your own blood heavy with healing platelets is injected into the injured area. Kenyon Martin recently had the same thing and he has returned to the Nuggets; it’s becoming a trendy sports injury treatment.

For those two, it seems to be working. Which team it works out better for remains to be seen.

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