At some point Friday night, Boeing 737's carrying the Nets and Hawks were flying, if not side-by-side then along the same route south to Atlanta. The Nets were no doubt on the more exhilarating flight, coming off a historic win at Barclays Center while the Hawks had to be a bit down. They lost in overtime to the Celtics, missing an opportunity at the end of regulation to end Boston's nine-game winning streak at TD Garden.
Saturday, the two teams will battle in Atlanta, a contest between teams in the fourth and sixth seeds in the East. A Nets win would also give them a 2-1 edge over the Hawks with a game to go. With the Nets owning a number of tiebreakers against several conference teams, that won't be unimportant come April.
The Hawks played well enough to win, playing a hot Celtics team, but Paul Pierce carried Boston to the win, scoring 27 and dishing the winning assist to Jason Terry. Atlanta played without Zaza Pachulia and Ivan Johnson, both of whom are questionable for the Nets as well. They started Johan Petro (oh yes, they did) and he could go up against Brook Lopez as well Saturday. Petro scored two points and grabbed four rebounds.
Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks battle for seeding in Georgia
Nets Daily | Mar 9