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NBA Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets Must Become Road Warriors To Make Playoffs

Brooklyn Nets: Paul Pierce

Anthony Gruppuso – USA TODAY Sports

If the Brooklyn Nets want to reach the playoffs, they must find a way to win on the road. The march begins for them Wednesday at Utah as they take on the Utah Jazz.

The Nets ended the first half of the season with a road record of 8-16, but if they want to catch the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division, then they will have to clamp down on defense and tune the opposing home crowd out. The key to winning on the road is always defense and the Nets are well improved in that department. With Kevin Garnett leading the way, they have picked up their intensity and forced running teams into half-court teams.

The Barclays has been a place of solace for the Nets, but the road has been downright brutal for a team looking to make some noise in the second half of the season. Jason Kidd will have to find a way for his veteran team to play with the same urgency they play with in front of their home crowd. They are facing a rough schedule with their next seven games in the black uniforms, but a move must be made if they want to continue their winning ways in 2014.

The Nets proved they have the coach, players and leadership to fight their way back into title contention. We will see if they have what it takes to get the job done on the road. The road woes cannot continue if the Nets want to reach the level of the Heat. If the championship runs through Miami, then the Nets must push themselves for a chance to test that theory. But in order to do so, they will have to make the rest of the league believe they have the ability to win on the road.