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Nets' Kevin Garnett expected to play tonight

By on 4/05/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Detroit Pistons on Friday by the score of 116-104. The win improved the Nets to 41-34, second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. With seven games left in the season, the Nets have a chance to catch either the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls for third or fourth in the conference. Veteran forward Kevin Garnett is expected to return tonight, and his veteran presence can only help heading into the playoffs.
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Tim Bontemps, who covers the Nets for the New York Post, tweeted the following on Garnett's status
Since Garnett hasn't played in nearly a month and a half, expect his minutes to be in the low teens. Mason Plumlee and Mirza Teletovic have seen the majority of the minutes at power forward in Garnett's absence. Plumlee had three points in 12 minutes against the Pistons, while Teletovic had 20 points on 7-of-11 from the floor, including 6-of-10 from three-point range. Expect Plumlee's playing time to decrease upon Garnett's return. 

Garnett has been out since February 27th with a back injury. The fifth overall pick of the 1995 draft, Garnett has played for the Timberwolves, Celtics and Nets.  This season, the 37-year old is seeing the least amount of playing time and lowest scoring average of his career. He's averaging 6.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting in 21 minutes per game. In 1,372 games, Garnett is averaging 18.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. 


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