Here is what awaits the Nets starting tonight in Detroit.
Eight games, eight cities, 17 days, four time zone forays, 10 flights and 8,229 miles of fun-filled flying.
And a partridge in a pear tree.
OK, just kidding about the partridge. But no doubt they will see a pear tree somewhere along the longest trip in the team’s NBA-franchise history. They can’t even blame NBA Senior Vice President of Scheduling and Game Operations Matt Winick, who normally plans and plots such stuff.
“I don’t blame Matt,” said Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
Nope, the circus is coming in so the Nets are moving out of the Barclays Center, courtesy of the geniuses who brought clowns and elephants into an arena during one of the most important parts of the schedule. While the Nets are fighting for their playoff seeding lives, they will be trekking to Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles for the Clippers, Phoenix, Portland, Denver, Utah and Cleveland.
And they’ll head out in a decidedly itchy mood after getting buried in the fourth quarter by the Hawks in a 105-93 loss last night at Barclays Center. The defeat denied the Nets a chance to move into a virtual tie with the Knicks atop the Atlantic Division, so they’ll head out one full game behind. Carlesimo admits he’s looking for one particular aspect tonight.
“A significantly better defensive effort,” he said.
“We knew it was coming,” said Deron Williams, referring to the trip, not the defeat. “It happens. The arena has to generate money and it’s not just basketball that does that.”
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