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Kevin Garnett plans return to Nets lineup early next week

Mar 31, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT

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The Brooklyn Nets have been an amazing 12-4 since they lost Kevin Garnett to back spasms, they solidified themselves in the Eastern Conference playoff standings in his absence.

However Brooklyn’s defense has started to falter of late and the Nets will not last long in the postseason without KG.

So it’s a good thing they are getting him back soon, likely early next week.

First came this report from Barbara Marker at Newsday.

Garnett, who has been suffering from back spasms, missed his 16th straight game Sunday night. He hopes to return Saturday against Philadelphia, April 8 at Miami or April 9 at Orlando.

Then her Newsday colleague Rod Boone tweeted this.

This is good news for Brooklyn, a team that has seen it’s defense falter some lately and needs its defensive quarterback back.

The Nets are currently the five seed and likely will either get Chicago (the current four seed) or Toronto (the three seed but with a tougher schedule down the stretch than Chicago) in the first round. Either of those would be pretty even series, but with Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko the Nets may well be favorites. This is a team that found its identity going small and since then has won a lot of games and could well advance to the second round of the playoffs if healthy.

  1. cmehustle - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    We owe Chicago some pay back. But for some reason they still scare me especially without Brook. I would much rather see Toronto or the Bobcats. Even the Heat.

    • dablakdrphil - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      Nets best option is Toronto because Bulls play hard and make you work for everything, it doesn’t matter who’s in the lineup

  2. basketballhooper1 - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    If I’m Brooklyn, I’m hoping to get Toronto, and hopefully meet the Heat in the next round if they manage to beat Toronto.

  3. jimeejohnson - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Nets play the Heat well. Paul Pierce certainly isn’t intimidated, and if that attitude rubs off on the rest of the squad the Nets could give any team a run for their money.

    • onlyavoice - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      True, but only for a couple games.Every time the Nets play the Heat or a real contender they are spent the next game & lose & that’s with 2 ton 3 days rest.
      They’ll be knocked out early.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        Since New Year’s, the Nets after victories over varying degrees of contenders:

        Victory over OKC – followed by four more wins, including over GSW and Miami

        Overtime victory over Miami – loss in Toronto on the second night of a back-to-back, followed by a five-game win streak.

        Victory over the Spurs – bad loss in Detroit (although again, second night of a b-2-b) followed by two more wins.

        Victory over the Bulls – followed by a victory over the Grizzlies

        Victory over Toronto – followed by a victory over Miami

        Victory over Miami – followed by a loss in Washington three days later where they choked a late lead. Hey, we finally found a game that fits your point!

  4. csbanter - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    As long as Kidd keeps Plumlee in the lineup the Nets will be fine. KG coming off the bench is good.

  5. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    They’re winning without him, why mess up a good thing?

    • pharohislife - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      Because it won’t last, especially in the playoffs. Just like last season when Rondo tore his ACL the Celtics went on like a 9 game win streak and had one of the best records to finish the season, and fools were starting to talk about if they were better without Rondo,but once the playoffs started they looked awful without him and lost to a Knicks team they would’ve beaten had Rondo been there.

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