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Nets’ Kevin Garnett (back) will not travel to Boston

Kevin Garnett [1] will not make the trip to Boston for Friday’s final home game between the Celtics [2] and Nets, according to multiple reports out of Brooklyn.

The former Celtics [2] star will miss a fourth straight game with back spasms. He has averaged 6.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.0 minutes over 49 games for the Nets [3] (30-29) this season. Mason Plumlee will start at center in Garnett’s absence.

Paul Pierce [4], however, will make the trip. He is averaging 13.5 points (43.2 FG%), 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 28.8 minutes over 54 games in a Brooklyn uniform. The Celtics [5] paid video tribute to Pierce and Garnett in their emotional return to the Garden on Jan. 26.

“I think as long I’m in the NBA, it’s still going to be a little emotional for me,” Pierce told New York Newsday [6]. “I played so many regular-season games, so many big games on that floor, so many memories that are never going to go away on that floor. So, it’s still going to be a little emotional. Probably not as much, but when you have those memories, it’s tough to let it go.”

Likewise, the recently signed Jason Collins [7] will be in uniform for the Nets [3] and make his first Boston appearance since the Celtics traded him to the Wizards for Jordan Crawford last season.