EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A look at the upcoming opponents for the "top teams" in the Atlantic Division this week:
Boston (11-14): Minnesota (11-12), Detroit (11-13), Washington (9-13), Indiana (20-3)
Toronto (9-13): Charlotte (10-14), Dallas (14-10), Oklahoma City (18-4)
Brooklyn (8-15): Philadephia (7-18), Washington (9-13), Philadelphia
As you can see, this is the perfect opportunity for the Nets to make up some ground.
"It's a big week," Nets point guard Deron Williams said. "Those are still some capable teams. We can't take them lightly. Those are some good teams we're playing. We have to realize that and get better and worry about us and not so much them."
They could also use a healthy Brook Lopez (ankle).
"We're right there in our division," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "It's early, but again, understand where we stand, we feel confident that we can get this thing going in the right direction."
That would be nice.
"Our fuel right now, personally, I think is that we started off bad," Nets center Andray Blatche said. "I think that we're all fighting right now. We know we dug a hole and we're all fighting to get out of the hole. I feel like every player right now is embarrassed right now where we're at. So I feel like everybody is just bringing it every night to get right. We have to get right, we have to get winning streaks. We're just going extra hard."
Question: Do you think the Nets can go undefeated this week?
Last one standing: Joe Johnson (illness), who missed practice Sunday, is the only Nets' starter to appear in every game this season.
Up next: Nets vs. Sixers Monday night at Barclays Center.