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Brooklyn Nets Set to Be Away from Home Until March 3rd

February 13th, 2014 at 11:09 AM
By Martin Mihaly

'Nate Robinso & Deron Williams' photo (c) 2013, Shinya Suzuki - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

On Wednesday night at the Barclay's Center, the Brooklyn Nets routed the Charlotte Bobcats 105-89.  Paul Pierce led the way with 25 points.  That will be the Nets last home game until March 3rd when they return to face the Chicago Bulls.

From now until then, the Nets will embark on a seven-game road trip mixed in with the All-Star break.  The Nets will begin the trip on Thursday night when they visit the tough Chicago Bulls.  The rest of the trip includes stops at the Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trailblazers, Denver Nuggets and caps off on March 1st at the Milwaukee Bucks.  

Although a seven-game road trip will be difficult, it could be worse.  Only three of those opponents currently have winning records: Chicago is 26-25, Portland is 36-17 and Golden State is currently 31-22.  The Nets have already played each of these opponents at least once as they have lost to Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland and Denver, and have beaten Utah, Golden State and Milwaukee.  They are 2-0 against the Bucks this season.      

Jason Kidd's squad has not been impressive this season thus far on the road.  They are just 8-15 on the road compared to 16-11 at home.

What will be interesting to see is how Deron Williams responds to the additional rest given with the All-Star break.  It was at this time last year when he stepped up his game and averaged 22.9 points and 8.0 assists per game after the All-Star break.  

Heading into this extended road trip, the Nets currently stand in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.  They are just three games back of the Toronto Raptors for third place in the conference and for the Atlantic Division lead.   

If Brooklyn is to rise in the standings, it will have to improve on the road.  Of the Nets final 32 games, 18 of them will be on the road.  

 

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Tags: Basketball, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Deron Williams, Golden State Warriors, NBA, Paul Pierce, Portland Trailblazers, Utah Jazz

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