Don’t look now, but the NBA playoffs are less than a week away.
Every head coach is well aware that things are about to get more real than they have been all season long, including Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd.
So with just three games remaining on the schedule, Kidd should make a conscious effort to give his starters, and most important bench players, a decent amount of rest entering their first round series.
The team has already taken steps to hold back players who have been dealing with some nagging injuries, such as ruling Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston inactive Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks, but this situation differs from the one being suggested. Whether there are health concerns present or not, it would make perfect sense for Kidd to sit the aforementioned Williams and Livingston as well as Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Mason Plumlee, Marcus Thornton and Andrei Kirilenko.
Being that these are Brooklyn’s most important players, it should also be noted that the last thing Kidd wants to do is risk any of them getting injured with the playoffs right around the corner. Sitting all of them at the same time would not be the ideal method for Kidd to use, however, as that could seriously impact the team’s chance of winning their last few games. Winning is still significant for the team’s overall confidence entering the first round.
Giving a few of these players the night off here and there would be a much better way to go about it. Shortening their normal minutes would also be an effective strategy. The Nets have plenty of talent that can still win games with two to four of them in street clothes or playing less than their usual amount of minutes.
Whatever route he chooses to go, allowing these players some rest just before the playoffs begin would be an extremely wise move by Kidd and would definitely pay off in the long run.