Prefer it says within the Jay-Z/Kanye West track, the Brooklyn Nets have gotten their swagger again. And referencing Willie Nelson’s nation basic, they’re on the highway once more. Their longest highway journey this season. Seven immensely powerful video games beginning out west that may decide Brooklyn’s seeding within the Jap Convention submit season which begins subsequent month.
They hit Utah tomorrow evening (Saturday, March 16) to play the Jazz after enjoying the Oklahoma Thunder final evening, Wednesday. Brooklyn follows up Sunday with an look in Los Angeles to play the Clippers, a scheduled back-to-back, then onto Sacramento to play the Kings Tuesday.
Brooklyn can have a while to regulate, consider the place they’re within the standings after the Kings. Their subsequent scheduled recreation is Friday, returning to L.A. to play the Lakers earlier than departing to Portland to face the Trailblazers the next Monday.
What makes this highway journey immensely powerful for the Nets who left town earlier this week as a 6-seed within the Jap Convention with a 4 recreation win streak, three video games over .500 is who they’re scheduled to play. Apart from the Kings and Lakers, Brooklyn faces high tier groups with higher or comparable information as theirs.
Sacramento is hungry, seeded 9 attempting to overhaul the seventh or eigth Western Convention playoff place. The final two. The Lakers are finished for the season, however LeBron James is on their roster, subsequently a win is at all times potential. Each groups additionally current an issue for Brooklyn.
“We’re nonetheless solely somewhat over .500,” famous Brooklyn’s head coach, Kenny Atkinson, after Monday evening’s 103-75 residence win over the Detroit Pistons.
“Have a look at this highway journey and the video games we now have. I’m undecided we’re favored in any of them. We all know we now have a tough activity forward.”
It’s tough, and it doesn’t get simpler for the Nets upon their return from this final west coast run. They’ll then face the Philadelphia 76ers on the highway, a Three-seed, the Boston Celtics, the 5, the Milwaukee Bucks, the workforce with the most effective NBA report, and the Toronto Raptors, the two. These three are at residence, then Milwaukee once more on the highway, the Indianapolis Pacers, a four seed earlier than closing out the common season at residence in opposition to the Miami Warmth, at the moment an eighth seed who just like the Nets, are combating to safe and preserve their decrease Jap Convention submit season place.
These are all playoff-type video games that stay on their schedule, defined Nets second yr middle Jarrett Allen.
“Now we have to convey the proper mentality, and be prepared for it,” Allen stated after dropping 11 factors with eight rebounds in opposition to Detroit, one in all seven gamers with double-digit factors whereas helping Brooklyn in holding the Pistons to the bottom quantity of factors scored in opposition to the Nets this season.
“We got here in with dominance and pressure, and simply saved it all through.” An vital level to reference for Brooklyn to hold them on by means of to the submit season.