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Jason Kidd careful about Kevin Garnett's minutes

Kevin Garnett of the Nets reacts after scoring

Kevin Garnett of the Nets reacts after scoring a basket in the second half against the Golden State Warriors at Barclays Center. (Jan. 8, 2014) Credit: Jim McIsaac

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jason Kidd doesn't necessarily have an exact number of minutes in his head regarding how much court time he plans to give Kevin Garnett this season.

But one thing is certain: He's going to do whatever he can to make sure Garnett doesn't wear down and is around for the long haul.

That's why Garnett -- who played only 18 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday night -- sat out Friday night's game against the Pistons. Andray Blatche started in his place and had eight points and four rebounds in 14:43 in the Nets' 111-95 loss.

"[Blatche's] a different guy because he can put the ball on the floor, he can shoot the jump shot," Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. "[Garnett] still does a lot of things that he did before, but Blatche poses a different threat because he's more of an offensive threat."

It's the sixth time Kidd has told the 37-year-old Garnett to take a seat.

"He's a competitor," Kidd said. "That's who he is. That's his makeup since he started playing the game. He wants to compete, he wants to help his teammates win . . . But what it comes down to is, we've got to do what's best for him and also for the team."

All in the family

Suns center Miles Plumlee was selected Friday to replace injured Hawks center Pero Antic in the Rising Stars Challenge, part of the All-Star festivities in New Orleans next weekend.

"I'm very happy," said the Nets' Mason Plumlee, Miles' brother, who had 13 points and eight rebounds Friday night and also will participate in the Challenge. "I was a little surprised when he wasn't on it initially, and I think a lot of people were. So it's just going to make for a better weekend all in all."


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