- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd has not given up on winning the Atlantic Division, and believes his team can do damage in the playoffs.
Asked if his team is built for the postseason because of its veteran experience, Kidd told ESPN New York 98.7’s Mike Lupica: “I think our experience, not just in the past but the experiences we’ve gone through in this season -- the slow start, we’ve had some lopsided losses ... [But] when we do play well and we play together and we trust one another, we can be as good as anyone in this league.
“And really, there is no fear factor. We feel that we can compete with the top teams in the East [in the playoffs]. If healthy, and if the ball bounces our way, hopefully we can be the last team standing.”
The Nets (27-29) are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, four games behind the division-leading Toronto Raptors (32-26). Brooklyn closes out its seven-game road trip Saturday night in Milwaukee, and then plays four of its next five at Barclays Center.
“Our goal is to try to win the Atlantic. We still believe we can do that,” Kidd said. “Toronto is playing extremely well. It’s not going to be easy, but if we take it one game at a time and take care of our business, we’re going to be in a position to win the Atlantic, and that’s something that we feel that we can do.”
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