Kevin Garnett will miss next three games with back spasms

Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett will miss his ninth straight game against the Suns.
Credit: Getty Images

Jason Kidd joked he was tired of the media asking about Kevin Garnett’s status.

So instead of continuing the nearly three-week give and take, the head coach announced Garnett would be out for the rest of the week.

“I just got tired of you guys asking me,” Kidd said to chuckles at his pregame press conference. “So I made the decision, just the hold him back for a week. I was tired of answering it every day but we felt that we could hold him out until Saturday. But there’s no setback.”

By the time this week is over, Garnett will have missed 11 games with back spasms, which cost Andrei Kirilenko 25 games in November and December.

Garnett will be re-evaluated Saturday after the team plays three home games against Phoenix, Charlotte and Boston. Next week, they begin a three-game road trip that will take them through Dallas, New Orleans and Charlotte. But at least this time, the Nets feel they have the capability to overcome injuries.

During Garnett’s absence, rookie Mason Plumlee has been adequately playing the role of “next man up,” getting a similar amount of minutes as Garnett while totaling 48 points and 43 rebounds as a center.

“I think he fits in great,” Kidd said. “He uses his athletic ability. He’s not Brook [Lopez] and we’re not going to throw the ball into him and have him post up, so he fits in great.”

Hornacek: Williams still a handful

There is a segment of Net fans who believe Deron Williams might be losing a step as his time with the team goes on.

Williams has already missed 16 games with various ankle injuries this season.

But even though his 14 points per game is the second-lowest of his career and his 6.4 assists per game are the second-lowest of his career, many coaches describe trying to stop Williams as being a handful.

The latest is rookie Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek, who previously was an assistant coach for the Jazz, working with Williams from 2007-11. During that time, Williams was playing with Carlos Boozer, Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur and the styles were different than what the Nets are running.

“He’s still a great player,” Hornacek said. “I don’t know, maybe some of the injuries he had slowed him down a little bit. I was just watching on tape and he made a move, threw it up the court and did a crossover — typical Deron Williams that I remember. He hasn’t lost much, but again [he is] a handful to deal with because of his size and his strength.”

Follow Nets beat writer Larry Fleisher on Twitter @LarryFleisher.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

NFL

3 things we learned about the Giants in…

The Giants claimed the Snoopy trophy in a battle of MetLife Stadium tenants Friday night. But more importantly, the offense finally showed some life in…

NFL

3 things we learned about the Jets in…

The Jets lost the Snoopy Bowl, 35-24, to the Giants, losing the trophy and local bragging rights.

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

Wellbeing

Asics is giving away free gear around NYC…

Asics wants to see you on the court - and in the stands for the U.S. Open, which begins Monday - by giving away free…

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…