Feb 26, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Garnett (2) looks at his team play Portland Trail Blazers from the bench in the second half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets to rest Kevin Garnett against Miami Heat

Kevin Garnett returned to action with the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday after missing 19 games with back issues. But the 37-year-old Garnett will not play tonight against the Miami Heat, and instead will be rested.

Garnett told the New York Post on that this was all part of his plan for coming back strong in the postseason.

“[The plan] is to build toward something and to build toward something bigger. Not just [Tuesday], but for [the] postseason and to finish off this season.”

In the immediate future, the plan includes Garnett returning to the court on Wednesday when the Nets travel to Orlando to face the Magic.

Having a healthy Garnett is going to be key for the Nets in the playoffs. Although they’ve been able to manage without him for weeks, going 14-5 in his abscence, facing playoff teams in a short series is where they will need his experience and strength.

Rookie Mason Plumlee, who has filled in for Garnett during his injury, is expected to start against the Heat tonight.

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