Doc: Minutes limits hurting Pierce, Garnett

Doc Rivers, it appears, thinks Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are being restricted by their minutes restrictions.

“He can score anywhere,” Rivers said of Pierce, according to bleacherreport.com. “I think he was more uncomfortable with the short minutes that they were [playing him], like they did with Kevin. And that’s not Paul. Paul doesn’t work under those type of minutes -- at least, in my opinion he doesn’t. He’s a guy that needs a rhythm to play. In Kevin’s case, on a 20-minute restriction, of course his numbers are going to be down. So I think at some point, he probably is going to have to play more minutes to improve, so he can get a better rhythm himself.”

Garnett and Pierce, who played for Rivers in Boston, are both having a tough time of it in their first season in Brooklyn. Pierce is averaging just 12.4 points on 36.8 percent shooting in 29.1 minutes per game, while Garnett is averaging just 6.4 points and 7.5 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game.

Nets coach Jason Kidd has felt it would be prudent to manage Pierce and Garnett’s minutes in order to keep them fresh throughout the duration of the 82-game season. But the Nets have stumbled out to a 6-14 record at the quarter pole.