Can the Brooklyn Nets Catch Toronto and Chicago? By Derrel Jazz Johnson

With 13 games remaining in the 2013-2014 season, the Brooklyn Nets will almost certainly make the playoffs. The Nets are now fighting for playoff seeding, and, perhaps, home-field advantage in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

With a record of 37-32, the Nets are two games behind the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Bulls, who hold the three and four seeds, respectively. If the Nets are able to surpass
either team for the three or four seed, they would have the first two games of a playoff series at Barclays Center, and, more importantly, a seventh and deciding game at home if needed.

With no more games against either the Bulls or Raptors, the Nets need some help to gain ground in the standings while continuing to play well. The Nets will have a chance of getting out of the first round
no matter who they play (outside of Miami and Indiana) but those chances are better with home-court advantage.

Nets head coach discussed this at a recent home game. “For us, it’s taking one game at a time and winning as many games as possible and see who we open up the first round against, on the road or at home.” With 11 straight wins at home, their longest streak in over eight year, it would certainly benefit Brooklyn to capture the three or four seed in the Eastern Conference.

Kevin Garnett has missed 13 straight games, and while General Manager Billy King say there is no timetable for his return, it appears that he will be ready in time for the playoffs. Look for Garnett to return before the end of the regular season to get acclimated with the team again.

The NBA announced Monday that Nets guard Joe Johnson was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. The Net went 4-0 last week with Johnson averaging 22.0 points 5.0 rebounds while shooting a sizzling 58.3% from three-point range. It is the clutch play of Johnson, combined with veteran Paul Pierce that makes the Nets a dangerous playoff team. Playing a decisive game seven at Barclays Center makes
then even more dangerous in the first round.

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