Andrei Kirilenko sprained his left ankle in the second quarter of Sunday night’s 107-104 victory over the Mavericks, an injury which likely will hold him out for at least Monday’s game in New Orleans.
Kirilenko got tangled up and fell to the ground early in the quarter, coming up hobbling and exiting the game at the next dead ball. After a short stint on the bench, he went back to the locker room and underwent X-rays, which were negative.

“I was trying to steal the ball, jump for the ball, and I landed on somebody’s foot,” Kirilenko said. “I don’t even know who it was.”
It’s just the latest in a series of injuries that Kirilenko has been forced to deal with this season. After sitting out 26 of the first 30 games with back spasms that began during training camp, Kirilenko has since missed three games with a calf strain and two games with a sprained right ankle.

“What can I do? I can’t do anything.” Kirilenko said, shaking his head. “All I can do is try to get back healthy and work on it.”
Kirilenko didn’t rule himself out for Monday’s game, but didn’t sound optimistic about his chances, either.

“It feels a little swollen, a little numb because we got a lot of ice [on it],” he said. “So we’ll see. [Monday] is the critical day.”