Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett will not accompany the team on their 3-game road trip, beginning tonight in Dallas against the Mavericks. Garnett originally suffered the injury against the Denver Nuggets on February 27th, playing in a back-to-back, and has not played since then. He is averaging 6.7 points and rebounds per game this season.
In the 11 games that Garnett has missed, the Nets have went 9-2 with Mason Plumlee starting at center for every game. Plumlee has scored in double figures 4 times during that stretch, including 3 games in a row. He even had a double-double last Monday against Phoenix.
The numbers may say that the Nets are not missing KG, but eventually they will need him, especially in the playoffs. The Nets are winning now, but I will be very surprised if they can earn home court advantage without Garnett in the lineup. Once he comes back, he will add depth to the bench and he will be a part of a formidable front court along with Plumlee, Paul Pierce, and Andray Blatche.
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