The Brooklyn Nets lost the final game of their regular season, 114-85 in Cleveland. With the loss and the Washington Wizards win over the Celtics, the Nets have officially clinched the 6-seed in the east and will visit the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs. Game one will be on Saturday in Canada.
Obviously, the Nets did not care one bit about this Cleveland game. Deron Williams, Shaun Livingston, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Mirza Teletovic, and Alan Anderson all got the night off. What was left of the Nets put up a pretty good fight in the first half, but ran out of gas in the second half. Only 7 players played in the game. Andray Blatche led the Nets with 20 points and 12 rebounds, although he ended up taking some really terrible shots late in the game.
Jason Kidd did not care at all about where the Nets are seeded and all he wanted was for the team to healthy heading into the playoffs. Therefore, he got exactly what he wanted, as many of the Nets’ key players have taken games off over the last week or 2 and everyone should be good to go on Saturday.
Even though the Raptors are not one of the big name teams in the NBA, they have formed a nice rivalry with Brooklyn this season. All 4 games between the teams have been close, with the Nets winning 2 and Toronto winning 2. Toronto won the division and will have home court advantage, which means the Nets will need to win at least one game in Toronto to win the series.
If the Nets do win the series, they will face the winner of Charlotte and Miami in the second round. As we all know, the Nets are a perfect 4-0 against Miami this year, but all those games were close as well.
FRWD will have plenty of playoff coverage over the next couple of days so stay tuned.