The Brooklyn Nets have already assured themselves they’ll be playing in the 2013-14 postseason as head coach Jason Kidd confirmed he will limit the regular season action of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.
Calling the regular season nothing more than a ‘dress rehearsal’, Kidd said the following, per the Boston Globe:
At this stage in their careers, Garnett and Pierce won’t and can’t play heavy minutes, though it might be hard to convince them of that.
“I’ll just cut the uniform off. That’s all, that’s easy,” Kidd said, half-joking.
“Being able to say I sat in that seat, being able to talk to KG, Paul, and Jet about those situations, hopefully they’ll listen and be able to understand the bigger picture.
“I’ve always called the regular season the dress rehearsal for the real season of trying to win a championship, so I can share that knowledge.
“But KG and Paul sometimes could be stubborn because they’re warriors and they want to be out there and help. Sometimes when they look in that locker their jerseys won’t be there. That’s the best way to keep those guys’ minutes down.”
Considering the 38-44 Milwaukee Bucks were able to lock up the eighth seed last year, barring a complete injury meltdown, the Nets aren’t missing the playoffs so giving the key pieces rest sounds like a solid plan to me.