According to the New York Daily News, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd (wow that felt weird) told reporters that Kevin Garnett “probably” won’t play in any back-to-backs this season.
The Nets are scheduled for 20 back-to-back sets, so if you do the math…that comes out to about 10 games that Garnett will miss, “probably”.
Here is the exact quote:
“When you look at KG, probably no back-to-backs, but those are just topics right now that are being thrown around,”
Last season with the Boston Celtics, Garnett averaged 29.7 minutes. He hasn’t averaged more than 32.8 minutes a game since the 2006-07 season, his final season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
This could come as a blessing for Garnett, as it did last season — for the most part — with Tim Duncan. Duncan missed 13 games, but did average the most minutes per game (30.1) since his 2009-10 campaign. He also had his most productive season since 2009-10, averaging 17.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Oh, yeah, and he also had that amazing postseason run, leading his San Antonio Spurs to Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Not saying that Garnett is going to have a career year, but cutting his availability in back-to-backs will give him the ability to be fresher come playoff time. If Kidd opts to stick to this strategy, Garnett should be KEVIN GARNETT come playoff time.