The NBA Playoffs are just around the corner, and as many teams continue to fall by the wayside one team has continued to impress of late, the Brooklyn Nets. After a horrid start to what was supposed to be a special season, the Nets had an epiphany as the calender turned to 2014 and have played some of the best basketball in the league since. As the Nets’ emotional roller coaster ride continues to come full circle, the team finds itself in the fifth slot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and while that does not sound all that impressive, the stars could align in the playoffs for the Nets to make a run at the championship.
The Nets’ impressive streak continued Saturday with a not-all-that-impressive win against the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the worst teams in NBA history. Although he may not be the most productive player on the team, Paul Pierce continues to thrive in his role as the backbone of this team by recording 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the 105-101 win. While Deron Williams led the team offensively with 19 points and 9 assists, Mason Plumlee added 16 points and 7 rebounds off the bench.
Brooklyn continues to come on strong down the stretch winning 7 of its last 10 games, but while the play of late is good for morale this team was put together for the playoffs and with one goal in mind. The Nets sacrificed a lot to get the pieces in place including many draft picks to put the future on hold to focus on the present. Brooklyn finds itself on the edge of favorite status heading into the postseason, but does this team really have what it takes to win it all?
Everything the team has built for over the past year still sits in front of them heading into crunch time, and while the team has struggled at times this season, they are peaking at just the right time and will be present when the lights are shining the brightest.
Greg Douglas is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.