Paul Pierce said that he will not be making the trip to Boston when the Brooklyn Nets go there to take on the Celtics later on this preseason, but The Truth is playing on Tuesday night at the Barclays Center while his former and current teammate Kevin Garnett will sit.
Garnett is sitting as the Nets played on Monday night and new head coach Jason Kidd has said that he will avoid using KG in back-to-back games to keep him rested throughout the season. Garnett has been quick to point out that he doesn’t necessarily like that plan. He maintains that he needs to be out there on the court playing in order to gel with his team and be properly prepared as a player.
“It wasn’t my decision. So that’s where I’m going to leave that,” told Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com. “I am trying to be as positive as I can be. This is not up to me, and I’m being positive. I’m trying to listen and go with the plan that was laid out for me, and being positive with that, so I’m trusting [Nets coach] Jason [Kidd] and what he has in store for myself and I’m going to embrace it.”
Pierce sat out on Monday so there is no reason not to play him. He’s going to sit out the game in Boston to hold off on his Beantown reunion until the regular season which makes sense. It’s going to be a big deal so there is no reason to do it twice.
Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks are all expected to play. Keith Bogans will be sitting with an injury. Obviously those players meant no where near to the Nets as either Pierce or Garnett meant to the Celtics. I’m sure Humphries and Brooks will draw some reason from the crowd (hint: Hump’s reaction probably won’t be as good as Brooks’ though).
- Assistant coach Lawrence Frank was out for two games to start the preseason for undisclosed reasons, but was back on the bench on Monday.
- Deron Williams (right ankle), Andrei Kirilenko (back), Jason Terry (left knee), Tornike Shengelia (left knee) and Tyshawn Taylor (right ankle) will all also sit out Tuesday night.
- With D-Will and Taylor both out with ankle injuries, Shaun Livingston is making the most of his playing time and scored 17 points with nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 23 minutes in the Nets 127-97 victory over the 76ers Monday night.
- Jason Kidd is trying a few different things to find Mirza Teletovic some playing time including using him at the three on Monday night. Teletovic came through as he scored 21 points with seven rebounds and five assists.
- D-Will and Jason Terry apparently began as golf partners together six years ago in Dallas.
- David Aldridge of NBA.com thinks that signing with Brooklyn could help revitalize Kirilenko’s career.