As the regular season winds down to its final few weeks, there’s no doubt the Brooklyn Nets would love to enter the postseason as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
That being said, there’s also no doubt that no matter where they find themselves lined up, there’s no team they’d rather face off against in the first round than the Chicago Bulls.
Common knowledge across the league is that no team competes harder than the Bulls. Because of this, when strictly talking from a matchup standpoint, it would be hard for anyone to feel overly confident against this well-coached, defensively focused group.
Jason Kidd’s Nets would harbor just as much respect if they were to draw the red and black Chicago card in the opening round, but their situation would greatly differ from others.
After all, they would be competing against the same unit that not only ended their season last year, but did so in a Game 7 at the Barclays Center.
All the time that’s passed since then hasn’t made the remaining members of the Nets forget the devastation the Bulls brought to Brooklyn when they came away with that deciding game of last season’s quarterfinal matchup. And just because Kidd, Paul Pierce and other new members of the organization weren’t around back then doesn’t mean they can’t sympathize with what players such as Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, etc. went through back then.
Make no mistake about it, Brooklyn wants the third best record in the conference, but they’d also salivate at an opportunity for revenge.