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As mentioned previously, the Nets will finish out the regular season with a relatively easy schedule. Brooklyn will face off against sub-.500 teams in 15 of their final 23 contests.
There’s a problem, though. The Toronto Raptors, who are currently leading the Atlantic Division, have an even smoother schedule the rest of the way.
B/R’s Walker Harrison pointed out that the Nets need to be more careful than the youthful Raptors injury-wise, which could hinder them from making an inspired push towards snatching the division crown.
Those dinosaurs from up north are younger, have an easier schedule and don't have to deal with Brooklyn's brutal two-week span that will contain four back-to-back games.
The Nets, as noted by Harrison, are 4-10 in back-to-backs this season.
Paul Pierce & Co. smashed the Memphis Grizzlies on March 5, clearing the .500 hurdle for the first time all season. That win marked Brooklyn’s fourth in a row, and made it known that this turnaround is no mirage.
These are the real Nets. And they have the potential to make a run deep into the postseason.
Williams told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News that the Nets are “built for the playoffs," and added: "I feel like once we get there, we have a chance against anybody in a [seven]-game series.”
Hard to argue against that.
While Williams is likely preaching the truth, catching the Raptors doesn’t look promising. Don’t count the Nets out come playoff time, but pencil in Toronto as the probable Atlantic champs.