Though the blow was unquestionably softened by a decisive win on Monday night, the Brooklyn Nets announced some less than stellar news on Monday afternoon, and it came with regard to future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett.
Kevin Garnett (back) is out until at least the weekend as he will be re-evaluated Saturday. This can’t be construed as anything but serious
— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) March 17, 2014
Nets head coach Jason Kidd announced that Garnett will miss at least the next 2 games (in addition to Monday night’s win), and his absence has been attributed to back spasms. Brooklyn has been playing some of its best basketball of the season in recent days, but Garnett has now missed a staggering 10 straight games as a result of the injury, and the whispers are beginning to get louder (as Joshua Newman notes above) surrounding his injury.
The 2013-2014 campaign has been the worst statistical season of Garnett’s career, as he has averaged only 6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in limited minutes, but from the moment that he moved to center in the absence of the injured Brook Lopez, the Nets have been a different team. Garnett is no longer the superstar that he was for so many years, but he’s an unquestionably valuable player, and Brooklyn will be holding their breath until he returns.