Acquiring Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics was one of the many big name moves that the Brooklyn Nets made in the offseason, but he has been plagued by injuries throughout the year and has been unable to make a huge impact.
The most recent setback has caused Garnett to miss eight games as he deals with back spasms and now his return could still be at least one week away.
Nets head coach Jason Kidd said Garnett’s status would be reevaluated on Saturday.
"The 37-year-old center has been ruled out for the rest of the week because of the back spasms that Jason Kidd finally revealed Monday is more than just a day-to-day ailment.“I was tired of you guys asking me. So I held him back for another week,” Kidd joked. “Yeah, I was tired of answering questions, but I just thought we could hold him out until Saturday and re-evaluate him before (a three-game road trip at Dallas, New Orleans and Charlotte).” …As recently as Saturday, Kidd said Garnett was feeling “a lot better” and was “questionable” for Monday’s game. Then after some pressure from the media, Kidd said Garnett wasn’t returning for at least three more games."
Despite not having Garnett on the court, the Nets managed to win six of eight games and remain in the mix in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
If he is able to return in time for the postseason — assuming the Nets qualify — his energy could make them a difficult out for many of their potential opponents.