EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There was an air of easy calm about the Nets at practice Saturday afternoon -- the circus shots from midcourt, the jovial conversation and the casual layups.
Forget the rash of injuries, any lingering doubts about Kevin Garnett's health or even Friday night's uneven showing in a 93-88 loss to the Hawks.
As the playoffs draw near, it seems the Nets are feeling healthy and relaxed.
"It's definitely better ," said Deron Williams, who missed Friday's game with right patella tendinitis but said he plans to play against Orlando Sunday night. "The last couple of days have helped as far as rest. It's good to have a couple days of rest and then finish out the season."
Jason Kidd said that only Alan Anderson (sore abdominals) and Shaun Livingston (sprained right toe) will miss the game against the Magic. Livingston added that he doesn't know if he'll return before the end of their regular season on Wednesday.
"I would personally like to," he said, adding that he feels better, "but it depends on the toe, how it feels. Again, it's from day to day and then I just have to take it from there."
But echoing the Nets' quiet before the postseason storm, Livingston said it might all be for the best.
After all, "I'm just looking at [Garnett], at how active he looks, how healthy he looks," he said. "Hopefully, I can take that same type of regimen."
Kidd said Garnett, who missed more than a month with back spasms, "looks great. I think his minutes have gone up and he looks good out there."
Notes & quotes: Kidd doesn't plan to tighten up his rotation in the playoffs. "I have a lot of guys who can play, so I don't see why," he said. "The guys on the floor can go hard and have the luxury of rest here and there." . . . Rookie Mason Plumlee has been limited to taking only inside shots, Kidd said, but the team will work on expanding his range during the summer. Plumlee, 24, has an .842 field-goal percentage in the month of April and is averaging 7.1 points per game.