At 9-15, the new-look Brooklyn Nets are still one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference and in the entire NBA. However, with their 130-94 win over the 76ers on Monday, the Nets have now won four of their last five and pieces look like they might be starting to come together.
The good news for the Nets is that they are in the Eastern Conference. In the East, the 9-13 record for the Raptors is good enough for the eighth spot in the playoffs. With their recent streak, the Nets are now only a game back from nudging their way into that spot. And if they stay hot like they have lately, there is plenty of time left in the season to make even further news.
The better news for the Nets is that Joe Johnson had 37 points on Monday in the win over Philly. 29 of those points were in the third quarter as he went 8-10 from behind the arc. Johnson would finish with 10 threes, just two short of the NBA record for a game. Johnson might’ve been able to hit that mark, or even pass it, had he played in the fourth quarter. The most amazing part of Johnson’s big night might’ve been the fact that he was fighting a cold that kept him out of practice on Monday morning.
And while the one bit of bad news for the Nets is that Brook Lopez is out with a foot injury, Deron Williams has returned in the last four games and been an instrumental help for their squad. Since his return, William is averaging 18.8 points per game and just over 8 assists.
The Nets will hope to keep riding this streak that they’ve been on late. It won’t take much to get them in the playoffs in the East. And with the leadership experience that they have with KG and Paul Pierce, a team with the amount of talent that they have should be just fine. And if they continue to have nights like they had from Joe Johnson on Monday, the rest of the East should be on the lookout.
|Michael Carter-Williams||DNP – Skin Infection|
|Daniel Orton||DNP – Suspended|
|Arnett Moultrie||DNP – Inactive|
|Nerlens Noel||DNP – Inactive|
|Jason Richardson||DNP – Inactive|
|Percentages||41.1%||26.7%||60.0%||Team Rebounds: 13|
|Reggie Evans||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|Brook Lopez||DNP – Sprained Left Ankle|
|Andrei Kirilenko||DNP – Inactive|
|Jason Terry||DNP – Inactive|
|Percentages||60.3%||60.0%||57.7%||Team Rebounds: 9|
- Game Time: 2:10
- Officials: Rodney Mott, Sean Corbin, Violet Palmer
- Attendance: 16,733