Brooklyn Nets Showing Enough to Be a Threat in Eastern Conference

By Juan Pablo Aravena
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The Brooklyn Nets were under people’s scrutiny after their putrid start of the year, but they have slowly turned things around and they have actually been one of the hottest teams in the NBA since the New Year arrived.

Jason Kidd’s team has played nine games during 2014 so far and they have an 8-1 record after today’s 101-90 win against the Orlando Magic. The Nets were once again solid on both ends of the court tonight and their performance was very solid, putting them into the conversation to be a contender in a very weak Eastern Conference.

And they have shown they have all the necessary pieces to contend at least inside the East.

The team is stockpiled with talent and it seems like all they needed was two things: to get healthy and to grow as a team. Joe Johnson is slowly showing the sniper instinct he had with the Atlanta Hawks, Shaun Livingston has provided a huge spark on the offense and guys like Paul Pierce and Deron Williams have assumed the leadership both on and off the court.

Tonight’s contest against the Magic was no different and the Nets confirmed their growth with a spectacular performance, especially in the second half where they outscored Orlando 55-48 and the gap could’ve been bigger, but the Magic scored plenty of points when the game was already decided. Four Nets’ players scored in double-digits and it’s remarkable that Brooklyn has shown a balanced scoring attack in the latest contests as they lacked that “team identity” to start the year.

The ultimate goal for the Nets is to conquer an NBA Championship and they have plenty to do if they want to reach that goal. It’s undeniable, however, that they have grown a lot during this season and they should be a dangerous team down the stretch if they can keep this level of play.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google.

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