Nets primed for playoff run
(Sports Network) – Despite the fact the New Jersey Nets have dropped two in a
row after a four-game winning streak, this team is still stacked with talent
to make a big run come playoff time.
New Jersey is seeded third in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but the
Washington Wizards are slowly creeping from behind.
However, stars such as Vince Carter, Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson
will provide the leadership needed to keep this team focused on one goal —
winning a championship.
Carter leads the team in scoring with 23.7 points per game, while Jefferson is
averaging 19.3 points per contest. Kidd boasts averages of 14.7 points, 8.2
assists and 7.2 rebounds per game.
The Nets must to keep their momentum going and put the brakes on a seven-game
losing streak on the road versus the Western Conference. They will have a
chance to break that curse Wednesday night at Minnesota, a team the Nets have
not beaten since October 2003.
The best team in the Atlantic Division, New Jersey is holding a three-game
edge over Philadelphia for the top spot. In order for the Nets to keep the
76ers at bay, they have to improve on a 13-17 road mark, which is the
worst among all six division leaders.
New Jersey will also try to avoid its worst losing streak of the season since
dropping four straight on a West Coast trip from January 23-28.
After Wednesday’s tilt with Minnesota, the Nets will host Toronto and
Sacramento before opening a three-game road trip.