Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Starting Five: Can the Nets win the Atlantic?
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets’ chances of winning the Atlantic Division certainly got better after Monday night’s victory over the first-place Toronto Raptors. But there’s still work to be done.
The Nets (32-30) trail the Raptors (35-27) by three games with 20 games left
Here’s an updated breakdown of both teams’ remaining schedules:
Brooklyn: 10 home, 10 away, five back-to-backs
The Nets have six more games left against teams with winning records: Miami (x2), Washington, Phoenix, Dallas and Houston
Toronto: 11 home, nine away, four back-to-backs
The Raptors also have six more games left against teams with winning records: Memphis, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Miami, Houston and Indiana
In the event that Brooklyn and Toronto end up with the same record at the end of the season, it would go to the second tiebreaker -- division record -- because the season-series finished 2-2. The Raptors currently hold the edge over the Nets, 8-3 to 7-5.
Both teams play 16 games against the Atlantic, so Brooklyn is going to need a little help there, too.
It definitely can be done, though.
Question: Do you think the Nets can win the Atlantic? Let us know in the comments section.
In case you missed it: You missed a dandy. The Nets didn’t have Kevin Garnett, but they did have Paul Pierce, who ended up hitting a huge 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to give Brooklyn a 101-97 victory over Toronto.
Stat right? The Nets have not lost at the Barclays Center since Jan. 31 (8-0).
Up next: The Nets are off Tuesday before facing the two-time defending champion Heat on Wednesday night in Miami