The Brooklyn Nets have been on an almost imperceptible upswing since 3 games before the all star break.
Their road trip of 3 wins and 5 losses was sufficient, however they must continue to be proficient tonight against the Charlotte Hornets who are one of six (6) teams vying for the 7 & 8 spots in the playoff standings.
The other teams are Indiana, Boston, Detroit & Miami.
The play of guard Deron Williams and newly acquired forward Thaddeus Young have highlighted the overall good play of other team contributors such as Jarrad Jack, Brook Lopez, Alan Anderson, Mason Plumlee and emerging rookies Markel Brown, Bojan Bogdanovic and Cory Jefferson.
Joe Johnson remains the heart, soul and guts of the team and should be well rested for a potential surprise run in the post season.
In their exciting 2 point win over an obviously fatigued Golden State Warriors (second game of back to back) the Nets team as a whole showed determination and perseverance with contributions from all team members capped off with a down to the wire basket by guard Jarrad Jack with under 2 seconds on the game clock. All star guard Steph Curry with a last quarter push of 18 points almost single highhandedly won the game for Golden State and gave his many fans in the crowd a thrill.
Head coach Lionel Hollins has proven to be insightful in his use of all the players. In benching his two veteran star players Deron Williams and Brook Lopez as well as sophomore Mason Plumlee he has lived up to his reputation as a tough old school coach. Hollins also has been adept at bringing along rookies like Markel Brown, Bogdanovic and Cory Jefferson all of whom could play important roles in the playoffs.
Everyone on the team seems to finally have their heads in the game and be on the same page going into the final season stretch of 29 games.