If you didn’t know, the Brooklyn Nets have been quietly going about their business sans Kevin Garnett for about a month now. Garnett hasn’t played in a game for the Nets since Feb. 27th, and Brooklyn hasn’t missed a beat.
Since Garnett went out with a back injury, the Nets have patched their way to an 11-4 mark. They haven’t really missed him simply because Mason Plumlee has done more than enough to fill-in for the emotional veteran. In the last 15 games, Plumlee is averaging 7.3 points and six rebounds per game.
And with the way the Nets have been playing as of late, if appears that Nets coach Jason Kidd is leaning on keeping the lineup as-is — at least for the time being.
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.
“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.”
However, as we all know, the NBA playoffs is a veteran man’s game. Garnett will definitely help the Nets, if he’s healthy. The only question that remains is if he’ll disrupt with the team’s chemistry if he’s just thrown back into the fire. That’s just something Kidd will have to gamble with down the line.
Right now, the best interest of the team is for Garnett to get healthy, and finish the season with the best record as possible. Ironically, both of those consist of sitting KG.