The 82-game grind is finally over and for the Brooklyn Nets it’s time to look ahead to the postseason.
The Nets finished the regular season with a record of 49-33, good enough for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. A loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday locked Brooklyn into the No. 4 position, and set the stage for a first-round matchup with the No. 5 seed Chicago Bulls (45-37).
The fight for the No. 5 seed came down to the final night of the season. Both the Bulls and Hawks entered the night at 44-37, but the Hawks fell to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden while the Bulls took care of business at home against the Washington Wizards.
Most Brooklyn fans felt it would be best to avoid a first-round series with Chicago. The Bulls, despite being riddled with injuries, still play a tough-minded and physical style of basketball. The defensive pressure Tom Thibodeau’s squad applies can wear any opponent down over the course of a seven-game series.
The Nets went 1-3 against the Bulls in the regular season.
If the Nets get past the Bulls, the defending-champion Heat will almost surely be waiting in the second round.