The Nets’ 94-87 victory over the Raptors in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first round series had a lot of Brooklyn fans tweeting their joy at the win — all except one. Kind of.
The win was surprising considering the fact that super sub and mid-game spark-plug Andrei Kirilenko didn't play a single minute for Brooklyn.
And it appears his wife, Russian pop singer Masha Lopatova — who gives her husband a free pass once a year — wasn't going to let Jason Kidd have any of the sort.
On her Instagram account after the game, Lopatova tweeted out a picture of her husband sitting on the bench with the comment, “…And you are Kidding like Jason…” which appeared to be a reference to Nelly’s song, “Hot in Herre” which includes the line, “I’m just kiddin’ like Jason.”
As fans and others began to comment on the photo, Lopatova later wrote, “I don’t want to say anything bad, but just think about 350 million Russian fans back in Russia cheering for the one Russian player in the playoffs (not to mention Russian community and Russian ownership) that hurts!!!”
When a fan later said, “You guys know they won today, right?” she responded, “W – is all that matters!”
Kirilenko didn’t speak to reporters after the game, but Kidd downplayed his absence from the rotation afterward.
“Ten other guys played,” Kidd said. “I can’t play ’em all. He’s healthy.”