CHICAGO -- Already down more than a few healthy bodies, the Nets got a brief scare last night against the Bulls when Kevin Garnett had to leave the bench late in the fourth quarter to get an X-ray taken on his left foot.
Turns out the results were negative, allowing for a sigh of relief.
"I'm fine. I'm all right," Garnett said. "It ain't nothing new. It ain't nothing new to me. Twenty years and I've played hurt before. It's all right."
Asked if this was indeed an old nagging injury cropping back up again, Garnett said: "I'm not going to get into that question. Give me something else."
Karasev in, Bojan out
With Bojan Bogdanovic struggling mightily and showing little signs of breaking out of his funk, coach Lionel Hollins elected to switch things up and inserted Sergey Karasev into the starting lineup in his place, bringing Bogdanovic off the bench.
Making his second career start and first with the Nets, Karasev registered six points and hauled in a career-high six rebounds in 31:15. Only Deron Williams played more than Karasev, seeing 32:13 of court time.
"Just trying someone new," Hollins said. "Just trying to change things up. No special reason. . . . He played fine."
Garnett became the second active player, with Kobe Bryant being the other, and the 16th player in league history to record 1,800 steals. He's the lone player in NBA history to post at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 2,000 blocks and 1,800 steals. . . . The Nets utilized their fifth different starting lineup this season and fourth in their last five games.