Garnett out for 15th straight game, Kirilenko out, Thornton likely to play

It’s not clear when we’ll see Kevin Garnett again, but it won’t be tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Via reports from Nets shootaround:

The Nets want to be as cautious with Garnett as possible; back spasms are volatile and can crop up at any time. With the team assured a playoff spot and playing well against most poor teams without him, there’s no need to rush him back before the playoffs.

It’s now been over a month since Garnett last played, in a 12-minute stint in a blowout over the Denver Nuggets in Denver on February 27th. He was written into the starting lineup against the Toronto Raptors on March 10th, but felt a pull in his back during team warmups and was a late scratch

Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) will also sit out. Kirilenko sprained his left ankle in the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday night, and hasn’t played since.

Marcus Thornton (back) hurt his back with an awkward landing Monday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, and is listed as probable.