But now that the Nets have officially punched their ticket to the postseason, the focus will shift to what the Nets can do when they get there. “Making the playoffs is great for our fans and the organization,” Nets general manager Billy King said at the post game press conference. “Now we need to continue getting better as a team.”
It is the first playoff berth for the Nets since the 2006-07 season, who spent over $330 million during the offseason to revamp and overhaul their roster ahead of the team’s move to Brooklyn for this season. This is a big moment for a team that went 12-70 just three seasons ago. A move to Brooklyn and a slew of new big names were part of a turn around which the franchise desperately needed. Now the 1-2 punch of the Nets, Williams and Lopez will have to carry the team in the playoffs as they hope to make some series noise in the NBA come June.
The question now hanging over the Nets as they enter the final weeks of the season is how the team will adjust to the intensity of the playoffs. The Nets (40-29), who have won six of their last eight games, currently are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, and sit one game behind the Knicks for first place in the Atlantic Division.