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Notes: KG, Kirilenko out vs. Cavs

3/28/2014

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

#2 C
Brooklyn Nets

2014 STATS

  • GM49
  • PPG6.7

  • RPG6.7

  • APG1.5

  • FG%.439

  • FT%.857

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett will miss his 15th straight game on Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to back spasms.

Nets coach Jason Kidd said here is no timetable for Garnett’s return to the lineup. The Nets have gone 10-4 without Garnett, though they’ve lost their last two games.

The following Q&A exchange between reporters and Kidd occurred before the game.

Q: Does KG need to play a certain amount of regular season games to be ready for the playoffs?

Kidd: No.

Q: Think he can just jump back in there and be in game shape and everything?

Kidd: Yup.

Q: What makes you think that?

Kidd: He’s done it. He’s played this game. It doesn’t change. If he gets to play before the playoffs, that would be great. If he gets to practice before the playoffs, that would be great. And if he has no practice or no games, for him being on the floor that would help us dramatically. And so however we look at it him playing in the playoffs would help us. And for game shape, for him he plays at a high level, so he’s gonna be tired no matter what.

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Forward Andrei Kirilenko will miss his third straight game due to a sprained left ankle, while guard Marcus Thornton, who missed Wednesday night’s game due to a bruised lower back, is probable to play against the Cavaliers, the team announced.

 • Reserve guard Jorge Gutierrez, whose second 10-day contract expired, was given a multi-year contract on Friday, the team announced.

Gutierrez said the deal is for the remainder of this season and next (non-guaranteed). In five games with the Nets, Gutierrez has averaged 13.4 minutes and shot 61.5 percent from the field. He played a season-high 19 minutes on Wednesday night, scoring six points on a perfect 3-for-3 shooting before being ejected due to a flagrant foul 2.

“He’s been great, tough kid, he sprained his ankle [Wednesday] and kept playing, making shots,” Kidd said. “In the 20 days that he’s been here, he’s been awesome.

 •  Despite being 2 1/2 games back of the Toronto Raptors, Deron Williams hasn’t given up hope that the Nets can win the Atlantic Division.

“There’s still a possibility,” Williams said. “It’s not over. “We’ve got a few games left, and we’ve got to start with this one tonight.”

The Nets (37-33) have won 11 straight games at Barclays Center. There’s no reason they can’t make it 12 against the Kyrie Irving-less Cavaliers.

But Brooklyn can’t afford to take Cleveland lightly. “We gotta be ready to go tonight. We gotta be ready to play our type of basketball,” Williams said.