Monday, March 10, 2014
Garnett a late scratch against Raptors
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett was scratched from the lineup just minutes before tipoff on Monday night.
“He tightened up, so we pulled the plug on him,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said after his team’s 101-97 win over the Toronto Raptors. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
Garnett was set to make his return after missing the last five games due to back spams, but it didn’t happen.
During halftime, Garnett was spotted walking gingerly to his Range Rover SUV in the bowels of the Barclays Center. He was in street clothes and left the building shortly thereafter.
The Nets were also without Andrei Kirilenko (sprained right ankle).
It is unknown if either player will be available for Wednesday night’s clash against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, but Kirilenko said he does hope to play in that game.
Garnett, 37, is averaging 6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Nets (32-30) on 43.9 percent shooting this season, though his numbers have been much better since 2014.
The Nets have gone 5-1 in Garnett’s most recent absence, relying on the likes of Mason Plumlee, Andray Blatche and Jason Collins.
• The Nets are 15-2 in their last 17 games at Barclays Center. ... They are 22-9 overall since Jan. 1. ... They are 30-1 when leading after three quarters. ... Paul Pierce became just the fifth player in NBA history with 1,900 career 3-pointers. ... The Nets are 24-5 when scoring 100-plus points. Brooklyn has won 10 straight games when scoring 100 or more points.