Reggie Evans probable starter as KG rests

Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Reggie Evans

Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Reggie Evans
Garnett (left), Evans (AP)
Reggie Evans, Brooklyn Nets forward and last year’s starter for 63 games in the regular season and playoffs, will likely get the call tonight to start in the preseason matchup against the Boston Celtics in Part 4 of the team’s unofficially nicknamed #WeTalkinBoutPreseason tour. Evans will start in place of Kevin Garnett, who is getting the night off to rest on the second half of a preseason back-to-back. Garnett is a “super-fan” of Evans, and vice-versa.

It’s easy to read into this and think that Garnett will rest in the majority of back-to-backs, but I don’t think that’s the case here. The important thing to keep in mind: It’s preseason. It’s good to get starters minutes, but there’s no need to overplay your starters when it comes to games. That said, Garnett made it clear the decision wasn’t his to make.

It’s also possible that Evans is the third choice at power forward. Andrei Kirilenko, who replaced Garnett as the first player off the bench in the first and second quarter as a hybrid forward next to Paul Pierce. But Kirilenko is battling back spasms and will sit out for the second consecutive night to rest.