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Saturday, November 9, 2013
Kevin Garnett will start versus Pacers

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Garnett will start in the second of the team's first set of back-to-back games this season Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers.

During the offseason, first-year coach Jason Kidd raised the possibility that Garnett, 37, would not play in both games of back-to-back sets in 2013-14, so as to conserve his health for the playoffs. The Nets have 20 sets of back-to-back games this season.

Kidd and Garnett talked, and the 19-year veteran was not thrilled about the idea, so nothing was set in stone.

Garnett has said that he wants to play as much as possible early in the season to gain chemistry with his new teammates. He has averaged 22.4 minutes per game through the first five games of the season.

The Nets have three days off before they play again, Wednesday night in Sacramento, so that likely factored into Kidd's decision.

Brooklyn could elect to sit Garnett in one game of back-to-backs down the road.

Kidd also announced that Andrei Kirilenko was out due to back spasms and Tornike Shengelia had been recalled from Springfield of the NBA Development League.