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Hollins expects more minutes from KG

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins said Sunday that he “expects” power forward Kevin Garnett to play more in 2014-15 than he did last season.

“I do expect him to play more,” Hollins said. “He’s been in great shape. He’s very sharp. We’d like to see him contribute more than 18-20 minutes.”

Garnett, the 38-year-old veteran who is entering his 20th season in the NBA, averaged a career-low 20.5 minutes in 2013-14.

Is it Garnett’s call on how much he plays?

“If he’s playing well, it’ll be his call,” Hollins said, chuckling. “But if he’s not playing well, it’ll be my call. You gotta produce out there to stay on the court.”

Garnett was limited to 54 games in his first season with the Nets due to injuries and rest.

Hollins said he hasn’t thought about Garnett playing back-to-backs, but added, “We’re gonna play. We’re gonna play. Now, if we play a back-to-back and he starts and I play him 10 minutes, that could happen. I could play him 30 minutes, that could happen, too. Sitting out games, I don’t know. I’ve never done that, except getting ready for the playoffs.”

Garnett, though, could turn out to be a unique case because the key is making sure he gets through the regular season and can be a solid contributor in the playoffs.

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