Kevin Garnett's road trip technically ended sooner than the rest of his teammates. Garnett was held out of the final game of this six-game, 12-day trek last night, sitting out with what the Nets called back spasms. Jason Kidd didn't seem overly concerned with the status of his 37-year-old big man, suggesting it's not going to shelve him for any extended period. "I think it might have started in the Denver game [Thursday], but for us, he's about being a competitor," said the Nets coach, who inserted rookie Mason Plumlee into the starting lineup in Garnett's place. "He wanted to play and he did, so tonight he'll have a night off." "I don't think it's long-term," Kidd added. "This is his rest day, so we'll get him some proper rest and see how he feels tomorrow." It was the second time Garnett had been held out since the All-Star Game. He also took a seat in the Nets' win over the Lakers a week ago and has missed a total of eight games this season to rest up. But Garnett has been a mainstay in the lineup most of the Nets' recent set of back-to-backs. He's played on the tail end in five of the last seven sets of back-to-backs, doing his best to show that he can still be effective on successive nights.
Nets' Kevin Garnett out with back spasms after playing back-to-back
Newsday | Mar 2