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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Starting Five: Can Nets win Atlantic crown?

By Mike Mazzeo

Paul Pierce said Tuesday that the Brooklyn Nets' goal is to win the Atlantic Division.

A short while ago, that didn’t appear to be an attainable goal.

Well, it looks a lot more attainable now.

Heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Nets (34-31) find themselves just 2 1/2 games back of the Toronto Raptors (37-29).

The Nets, who won’t have Kevin Garnett for a 10th straight game due to back spasms, have won a season-high nine straight games at home.

The Raptors, who lost in overtime on Tuesday night in Atlanta, face New Orleans (27-39) on the road in the second game of a back-to-back set.

If things go well, the Nets could be just a game back in the loss column by the end of the night.

Both teams have just four games left against above-.500 teams:

Brooklyn: Dallas, Minnesota, Houston, Miami

Toronto: Oklahoma City, Miami, Houston, Indiana

Question: We’ve asked it before, and we’ll ask it again: Do you think the Nets can win the Atlantic Division? Let us know in the comments section.

In case you missed it: Paul Pierce wasn’t talking about the New York Knicks’ hiring of Phil Jackson.

Stat to know: The Nets won 12 straight at home in 2005-06.

Up next: The Nets host the Bobcats on Wednesday night at Barclays Center.