Garnett to miss 9th straight game with back spasms

Nets’ Kevin Garnett to miss ninth straight game Monday because of back spasms

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Garnett to miss 9th straight game with back spasms (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Garnett will miss a ninth straight game because of back spasms Monday when the Brooklyn Nets host the Phoenix Suns.

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Kirilenko makes return; Garnett questionable for Monday

The Nets got one of their key injured players back Saturday, and another could soon follow.

Andrei Kirilenko returned to the floor for the first time since leaving Sunday’s win over the Kings in Brooklyn with a sprained right ankle, scoring five points in 12 minutes in the Nets’ 101-94 loss to the Wizards at Verizon Center.

“I felt OK,” said Kirilenko, who had missed two games. “Nothing bothered me. It was just the first game coming back. I’m feeling pretty good.”

In addition to Kirilenko, Nets coach Jason Kidd said Kevin Garnett — who sat out his eighth straight game with back spasms — is on the mend, and didn’t rule out the possibility of Garnett returning Monday when the Nets host the Suns.

“He’s doing better,” said Kidd, who deemed Garnett questionable for Monday’s game. “We’ll see how his workouts go, and we’ll see how he feels Monday.

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Nets’ Kevin Garnett out versus Wizards

The Brooklyn Nets extended their winning streak to three with a 96-95 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday. The win improved the Nets to 33-30, second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. The Nets were once again without forward Kevin Garnett, who has missed the last seven games with a back injury.Terren Peterson (KG with a Massive Dunk) via Wikimedia CommonsRod Boone, who covers the Nets for Newsday, tweeted the following regarding Garnett’s status.Kevin Garnett remains out vs. #Wizards. Kidd sounded hopeful he may play vs. #Suns on Monday. Likely no back to backs when he returns.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) March 14, 2014Mason Plumlee and Mirza Teletovic saw the bulk of the minutes at power forward against the Heat. Plumlee had four points and four rebounds in 22 minutes, while Teletovic had 17 points and four rebounds in 16 minutes. Expect Garnett to see his normal amount of playing time upon returning, which likely means a reduction of playing time for either Plumlee

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Garnett (back) to miss Nets’ game in Boston (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Garnett will sit out a fourth straight game because of back spasms Friday when the Brooklyn Nets visit Boston, missing his last trip this season back to his old home.

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Nets’ Garnett (back) to sit out again vs Memphis (Yahoo Sports)

Brooklyn Nets forwards Kevin Garnett, left, and Paul Pierce confer while on the bench as the Nets face the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter of the Nets' 112-89 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Garnett will sit out a third straight game because of back spasms when the Brooklyn Nets host Memphis on Wednesday night.

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Kevin Garnett Injury: Updates on Nets Star’s Back and Recovery

For the third straight game, Kevin Garnett will be out of action for the Brooklyn Nets due to injury, this time out of action against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday evening.

From Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:

Before Garnett missed the game against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, head coach Jason Kidd talked about what the team would miss without Garnett on the court, via Mike Mazzeo of ESPN:

(We’ll miss) his energy. His understanding defensively. He brings a lot to the table, and also on the perimeter him being able to knock down shots. I think guys are getting better, or maybe a little bit more comfortable when he’s not in there, because again, we’ve struggled with him in the lineup. We’ll miss him, but hopefully he gets rest and he’ll be able to go soon.

This season, Garnett is averaging just 6.7 points (a career low) and 6.7 rebounds per game, though he is averaging just 21 minutes per contest, another career low. Still, his defense and leadership are an important factor for a Nets team that is 29-29 and hardly a lock to reach the postseason. 

Ensuring that Garnett can return to health and play an important role for the Nets down the stretch is vital for the Nets, a team that added him and Paul Pierce in an effort to make a run in the Eastern Conference playoffs this year. 


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Kevin Garnett Loves Lorde: NBA Stars Share Their Favorite Music Artists

We see it before every game: Athletes walking into the stadium, dressed to slay and their ears devoured by giant, catcher’s mitt-sized headphones.

What are they listening to? You know good and well they’re not bumping that pre-canned, pseudo-inspirational Aloe Blacc garbage. What artists do athletes actually jam inside those earmuffs?

Lisa Robinson of Vanity Fair attempted to answer that question with a recent article profiling NBA stars and their preferred musical tastes. Some of her findings were expected, but several players offered up some brow-raisers this author never saw coming.

For example, did you know that Kevin Garnett rocks out to Lorde? Yep, it’s true—the “Big Ticket” grooves to pop music written by a 17-year-old singer from New Zealand before games. It’s his very own moment of Zen.

“I listen to Lorde, Drake, Kanye West, Portishead, Zero 7, Colbie Caillat—it depends on my mood,” Garnett said. “I always listen to music before a game…it’s like yoga or meditation—it calms me and puts me in a better place.”

Robinson also spoke to LeBron James about what pumps through his headphones. James said he likes to listen to contemporaries like Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars while relaxing, but turns up the old-school nastiness when game time nears.

“Before a game, I’ll listen to pretty much the same thing, but with more throwback hip-hop: Biggie, Tupac, Rakim, Nas, N.W.A., DMX,” James said. “But if I could name one artist to get me charged up to play, it would be Jay Z.” 

Russell Westbrook was also interviewed. What’s he rocking to these days?

“I listen to a lot of pop and R&B. I like Katy Perry, Charles Brown, Drake and Beyonce,” Westbrook said.

So that’s how it’s going to be, Russell? After all this, you’re going to leave Taylor Swift high and dry?

Robinson also interviewed Kevin Durant and Joakim Noah for her piece, which I suggest you go check out for yourself.

In all, it’s a candid look into the music library of some of the NBA’s greatest talents. Perhaps at some point down the road, Robinson will grace us with a follow-up article on former NBA players and their musical tastes.

The world needs a look into Brian Scalabrine’s iPod and the staggering amounts of Big Punisher and Right Said Fred surely lurking within. 


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Kevin Garnett Gives Rajon Rondo Trash-Talk Treatment In Return To Boston (GIF)

Emotions were high for Kevin Garnett during his return to TD Garden on Sunday, but that didn’t prevent him from jawing a bit with his former teammate.
During a break in the action, Garnett, back in Boston for the first time as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, was seen giving a little playful smack talk to Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who tried hard to hide a smile.
Garnett wasn’t much of a factor in the game, finishing with six points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals, but the Nets were able to pull away late for an 85-79 win.
Check out KG reintroducing himself to Rondo in the GIF below.

GIF via Twitter/@jose3030Filed under: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets

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Kevin Garnett: Paul Pierce and I Will ‘Always Bleed Green’

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will always be Boston Celtics.

Their jerseys may have changed, and they most definitely aren’t the same players, but they’re still Celtics.

That much was clear in the aftermath of their return to TD Garden, this time as members of the Brooklyn Nets. Emotions took over, the crowd went wild and Garnett and Pierce were left humbled by a warm reception.

“I think (myself and Pierce) will always bleed green as long as we’re playing basketball and as long as we’re living,” Garnett said following Brooklyn’s 85-79 victory over Boston Sunday night, per the New York Daily News‘ Stefan Bondy. “Even when they bury us six feet, this is what it’s going to be.”

The game itself was overshadowed by nostalgia. Reflection conquered competition. Yesterday overran today and tomorrow.

Early on, familiar chants rang throughout the arena, per Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Mannix:

And familiar sights were seen, as Pierce and Garnett shared numerous moments with former teammate Rajon Rondo, via Lakers Nation’s Andrew Ungvari:

Tribute videos were also shown, paying respect to the years of service Garnett and Pierce gave to the organization, the ends of which SB Nation’s Paul Flannery points out were headlined by telling camera angles:

For Pierce especially, the return was difficult; it was harder than anything else he’s ever had to do on the hardwood:

Like Garnett, he too was rife with emotion, still in love with the idea of representing Boston:

It was an impassioned night. A momentous occasion.

As Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski says, it was as close to perfect as anyone could have asked for:

The only thing that could have made it better is if Pierce and Garnett were actually still sporting Celtics colors. So much has changed in recent months. Garnett and Pierce play for a different city and have assumed uncertain roles. 

On Sunday, they played like aged veterans approaching the finishing line, combining for just 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists, in what was a stark reminder that change and regression are constants.

But the numbers didn’t matter. The outcome didn’t matter. Garnett and Pierce were back—back where they won an NBA title in 2008. Back where Pierce spent his first 15 seasons. Back where Garnett turned a six-year relationship into a lifetime connection.

“People always say players can be too loyal, but I don’t believe that,” Garnett said, per Wojnarowski. “A city like Boston is worth it.”

Garnett and Pierce, loyal as ever, were treated like kings.

Greeted as if they never left.

Accepted for who they are: wearers of Brooklyn black, but forever bleeding Celtic green in their hearts.


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