Memo to KG and Pierce: See You in the Playoffs

By Lenn Robbins | @lennrobbins
BROOKLYNNETS.COM

Kevin Garnett disagrees with me, so I must be wrong.

He knows his body better than I. He's in his 19th NBA season, which is exactly 19 more seasons than I've fantasized about playing in the NBA.

So if KG says that despite missing 19 games with back spasms, his body doesn't feel any fresher than he has in recent reasons, who am I to argue?

Yet since returning on April 5, KG has had a little extra spring in his step. In four games he's averaged 5.5 points on almost 59-percent shooting, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one blocked shot.

KG and his running mate, Paul Pierce, understand exactly where they stand at this point in their careers.

They have a chance to become the first pair of teammates to have each scored 25,000 points and win titles in two of the largest media markets in the NBA.

Consider the titles: They led the Boston Celtics to their 17th NBA title and can lead the Brooklyn Nets to their first.

It's why they agreed to come to Brooklyn. They came to win it all. They came, not for themselves, but to do something special in NBA lore.

And they have paid the price.

Pierce has been no less of a warrior than KG

He has played the season despite managing a painful stinger in his right neck/shoulder. Pierce has compared it to a football injury.

On Dec. 2nd the Nets announced that Pierce would miss 2-4 weeks with a broken bone in his right hand. He returned eight days later, and would have gotten back sooner had savvy trainer Tim Walsh not held up a stop sign when Pierce wanted to play on Dec. 7th.

In the first half of the Nets, 97-88, win over the Orlando Magic Sunday night, K.G. flipped over the Magic's Dewayne Dedmon and landed hard on his backside.

Pierce took a shot to the shoulder in the second half. He grabbed the shoulder, wincing in obvious pain.

Nets fans in Barclays Center almost lit candles.

So here's the take from the cheap seats.

I don't want to see KG and Pierce on the court until the playoffs begin.

I don't care if the Nets fall to the No. 6 seed.

I don't care if they lose the last matchup of the season Tuesday night against the Knicks in Barclays Center.

I care about the playoffs. I care about rings.

KG has a valid argument to play against the Knicks and/or Wednesday night in Cleveland against the Cavs. He believes he's still working his way back into peak game shape.

But I'd rather have a rusty, albeit healthy KG for the first playoff series.

I'd rather Pierce start slow in the playoffs as opposed to not start at all.

Nets coach Jason Kidd has done a remarkable job of managing his players' minutes. He knows more about getting ready for the playoffs than I'll ever know.

So if Kidd, after conferring with KG and Pierce, decides to play his veterans in these last two games, whom I am to argue?

But I will. I don't want to see No. 2 or No. 34 until the Nets are in Chicago or Toronto.

I don't care if the Nets (44-36) finish 46-36 or 44-38. I care about rings.

Mayor's Cup: The 2014 NYC Mayor's Cup Outdoor Track & Field Championships was held April 12th and 13th at Icahn Stadium.

Cardozo (23.5 points) edged Curtis (20 points) for the boys championship. Medgar Evans dominated the girls competition with (57.5 points).

Thousands of fans attended the competition on Randalls Island, which has become one of the rites of spring in the city.

"There's no better place for sports than the city," said Gloria Rivera, 36, of Brooklyn. A lot of people don't think of it but some of these kids might represent us in the Olympics one day.

"Tonight we'll go the Nets game in Brooklyn. We met Deron Williams early in the season at a community event and he was so nice to the kids. He told them never to listen to people that say you can't do this or that. That was the day I became a Nets fan. Can you imagine the parade in Brooklyn if the Nets in it all?''

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