With only two games remaining before the unofficial halfway point of the season, two more wins would really give this team some good momentum, especially with an all-important six-game west coast road trip looming.
No games are layups in the NBA, and tonight’s matchup against the Charlotte Bobcats could potentially be a trap game. But the Bobcats have been struggling on the road lately, dropping their last four road games by an average of 12.0 points.
Brooklyn heads to Chicago on Thursday to take on the Bulls.
Here’s where the team’s depth will come into play.
We’ve seen recently that the second unit has been providing huge offensive numbers, and with a tough back-to-back heading into the All-Star break on the horizon, it will be an all-hands-on-deck effort on Thursday in Chicago.
It’s one thing to earn a home win against the Bobcats, who are sitting just under the Nets in the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. But it’s a huge accomplishment to knock off the Bobcats at home and then travel to get a victory in Chicago. The Bulls are currently the fourth seed in the East and they've played great basketball of late.
The second halves of back-to-backs have been tough on the Nets all season. Winning these two games this could be a great way to end the unofficial first half.
It doesn’t get any easier when the Nets resume play next Wednesday, as the six-game trip starts in Utah and goes to Golden State, L.A. for the Lakers, Portland, Denver, and Milwaukee. Other than the lowly Bucks, these are all tough games.
Sneaking into the playoffs as one the final two seeds in the East–likely with a sub-.500 record–shouldn’t be considered an accomplishment for the Nets.
Instead, surging ahead for the fourth or even third seed should be this team’s focus.
It starts tonight at home against the Bobcats, with tomorrow’s game just as important.