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Kevin Garnett to miss at least another week due to back spasms

Mar 17, 2014, 9:36 PM EST

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Kevin Garnett has missed the last eight games for the Nets due to back spasms, but Brooklyn has done just fine in his absence, winning six of those contests to remain in the playoff picture in the East.

Jason Kidd had maintained the whole time that Garnett was day-to-day, and even that his condition had been improving.

But before Monday night’s game against the Suns, Kidd announced that Garnett would be out for another week pending a re-evaluation that will take place on Saturday.

From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

the 37-year-old center has been ruled out for the rest of the week because of the back spasms that Jason Kidd finally revealed Monday is more than just a day-to-day ailment.

“I was tired of you guys asking me. So I held him back for another week,” Kidd joked. “Yeah, I was tired of answering questions, but I just thought we could hold him out until Saturday and re-evaluate him before (a three-game road trip at Dallas, New Orleans and Charlotte).” …

As recently as Saturday, Kidd said Garnett was feeling “a lot better” and was “questionable” for Monday’s game. Then after some pressure from the media, Kidd said Garnett wasn’t returning for at least three more games.

Rookie Mason Plumlee has started in Garnett’s absence, and has averaged six points and 4.9 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per contest over his last nine games. Those numbers aren’t dramatically different than Garnett’s season averages of 6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in similar minutes, but that’s not where his impact has been made.

Garnett’s production has declined, but he remains as active and aggressive as ever on the defensive end of the floor. That’s where his skill set will be missed the most if his back issues end up continuing to cause him to miss time into the postseason.

  1. sportsfan18 - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Garnett has had an amazing career… Far better than darn near anyone would have guessed he would as a kid coming straight out of high school could way back then…

    He’ll be passed quickly after he retires, but if he retires after this season, which he should, he’ll retire having earned the most salary in an NBA career at OVER $315 million for his career.

    Kobe, in the 2nd yr of his new two year extension will surpass him…

    But for now, KG has earned MORE in basketball salary than anyone in the game ever has…

    Now, if KG plays next yr, his contract will pay him $12 million and would bring his total to over $327 million…

    Kobe, after his 2 yr extension is over will have earned a tad over $328 million, or just about $1 million more than KG…

    Anyone wonder where Kobe came up with the amount of his extension?

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