The Brooklyn Nets look ready to make some playoff noise this postseason. Despite a rough start to the season, the Nets have been playing great together; the team is 8-2 in their last 10 games and 36-31 overall.
On Friday night, Brooklyn continued their hot streak against the Boston Celtics. The team was led by Joe Johnson to a 114-98 victory; Johnson had 27 points, two rebounds and four assists. Now, Brooklyn is only two games behind the Chicago Bulls for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The more and more this team plays together, the more the Nets look like a legitimate playoff threat to any other team in the East.
Paul Pierce has been an extremely important role player in Brooklyn’s recent success. Against the Celtics, he had 14 points and three rebounds. He has been providing offensive sparks for the Nets, and he has also shot 49 percent from field goal range since February. In the past three games, he is also averaging 17. 9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per 48 minutes. Down the stretch, Pierce has become one of the most reliable players for Brooklyn. Even though he is aging, he looks ready to cause a lot of problems for other teams this postseason.
The Nets’ hot streak continues because the team is getting help from their whole roster. Rookie Mason Plumlee has been a major bench contributor for the Nets. On Friday, he had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes off the bench; he has been a real interior threat. Against Boston, he was 6-for-7 from the field, and also knocked down all six of his free throws.
Brooklyn is currently one of the hottest teams in the East, and they have evolved into a legitimate contender. As playoffs near, other teams should keep an eye on Brooklyn.