For 15-consecutive home games, no team has found a way to prevent the Brooklyn Nets from walking off the court victoriously.
However, if Brooklyn somehow enters the playoffs with their impressive Barclays Center win streak still intact, it would serve them best to downplay it as much as possible. And I don’t simply mean the kind of public downplaying that usually occurs in the presence of media.
What the Nets would actually need is to truly convince themselves that the long string of victories would no longer bear any meaning. The comfort their home court has provided over this extended period of time could not be forgotten, but coach Jason Kidd would need to reinforce that the unbeatable swagger they’ve walked with could no longer be the ultimate difference-maker.
Because, if you weren’t aware by now, the playoffs are a completely different animal from the regular season. While a bulldog could be symbolic of the regular season, a pack of starving wolves can be a better description for the intensity of the playoffs.
Even in the first round, a lengthy home winning streak like the one the Nets have put together would not intimidate any opponent, especially if said opponent turns out to be the higher seed in the matchup. Once the playoffs roll around, everyone has a clean slate, which would also apply to Brooklyn and their home-court advantage.
So instead of remembering the streak – if it hasn’t been broken by the end of the regular season – the Nets would have to put it as far behind them as possible. If not, it’d be bound to be broken very quickly.