The Brooklyn Nets have the firepower and defensive mindset to get the job done. Now, it’s just getting all the players on the same page. Since the beginning of 2014 the Nets have played inspired basketball, but they are also prone to put up a few stinkers every once in a while. The game against the Portland Trailblazers was evidence enough. They suffered through a 44-point loss not because they are a bad team, but because games like this happen.
Jason Kidd has to find a rotation spot for his new players while not compromising the chemistry it has taken all season for his current roster to build. Marcus Thornton and Jason Collins must make a name for themselves to let their new teammates know they can be counted on and trusted. Collins doesn’t expect to see too much action and he might not make it past his 10-day contract, but Thornton is a different story.
He has the ability to be a double-digit scorer off the bench for the Nets, but he first has to get his mind and jump shot right. The backcourt is jammed with experience and shooters so Thornton will have to play much better than he did in Sacramento.
The season is halfway over and the Nets are contending for a playoff spot. The players must find a way to stay healthy and also keep that competitive spirit that had them as the hottest team in the NBA a month ago. The Nets are in position to grab the Atlantic Division and the third seed in the Eastern Conference if their new and old pieces can fit together.