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Jason Kidd hints that Kevin Garnett may miss rest of the regular season

Mar 29, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

Newly acquired Brooklyn Net's NBA player Kevin Garnett listens during a news conference introducing him in Brooklyn Reuters

The Nets have been doing just fine without Kevin Garnett, posting a record of 11-4 since he’s been sidelined with back spasms after last playing on Feb. 27.

But obviously, having him back at some point before the playoffs would be a huge boost to their postseason chances because of the way Garnett is still able to impact the game on the defensive end of the floor.

Speaking to reporters before Friday’s win over the Cavaliers, though, Jason Kidd hinted that we may not see Garnett return for the rest of the regular season.

From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

In fact, Kidd said prior to the tipoff against the Cavs that Garnett doesn’t have to play again in the regular season to start the playoffs in shape or in rhythm.

Why?

“He’s played this game. It doesn’t change. If he gets to play before the playoffs, that’ll be great. If he gets to practice before the playoffs, that’ll be great. And if he had no practice or no games, for him being on the floor (in the playoffs) would help us dramatically. So however you look at it, him playing with us will help us. And game shape? He plays at a high level so he’s going to get tired no matter what.”

A large reason for the Nets not losing their stride without Garnett has been the play of Mason Plumlee, who has been able to hold things down for the 20 minutes per game usually reserved for Garnett in the starting lineup.

It would be tricky to mess with things by immediately placing Garnett back into that role if he isn’t truly ready, but it sounds like whenever he is, Kidd won’t hesitate to reinsert him into the lineup — even if by them the playoffs have already started.

  1. kb2408 - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Sadly, KG has probably played his last game. One of the fiercest competitors ever and easily a top 10 power forward. Not to mention one of my favorite players ever. Glad he got a chance to be a champion…even if it did come at the expense of my LAKERS. Happy trails, Big Ticket!

  2. urallstupid - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    quit on the celtics and now he’s quitting on the nets.

    • pharohislife - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      Too bad you’re clearly wrong on both.

  3. monkeyhateclean - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Best. Celtic. Ever.

    There I said it, though you all know you were thinking it.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Dumbest. Comment. Ever.

      There I said it. Trust me, everyone else is thinking it too.

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Garnett’s not even as good as:
        John Havlicek
        Dave Cowens
        Larry Bird
        Bill Russell
        Robert Parrish
        Paul Pierce

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    No loss.

    • spursareold - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      11-4 without him in this stretch. That’s much higher than their season win percentage. I’d say eugene could be right.

  5. misterdreamer119 - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    hes old

  6. henryd3rd - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Father Time’s still undefeated

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