There was plenty of hype surrounding the Nets’ 2012-2013 season. They were going to become the biggest thing in Brooklyn, outshine the Knicks, take over the city and become the talk of the NBA. At least that’s the way the Nets’ Russian billionaire owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, talked.
Entering the NBA All-Star break, all of that hasn’t exactly come true ... yet.
The Nets are still second fiddle to the Knicks and figure to be for a while. And whether they’re a true contender to go deep in the playoffs will become clearer during the final two months of the season. At least they depart for the All-Star break feeling good after scoring a season-high in a 119-108 victory over the Nuggets last night at Barclays Center.
It’s their second straight win after a home debacle against the Spurs last Sunday and improves the Nets to 31-22, their most wins before the All-Star break since 2003-2004 when they won 34.
The Nets understand they have been largely inconsistent, mixing encouraging wins over teams like Oklahoma City, Chicago, Boston, the Knicks and now the Nuggets with blowout losses to teams like Memphis, Miami and San Antonio. They left last night talking about solidify an identity in the second half and being more consistent.
“I want us to be a tough team,” Joe Johnson said after leading the Nets with 26 points. “At times we’ve been a little fragile. When teams make runs at us, we have a tendency to not come back strong. We have to develop that mental toughness during the second half of the season.”
Still, all-in-all the Nets should be happy where they stand at the break, knowing they have put themselves in position to have this season remembered for more than just moving into a new building.
Nets’ best still to come
New York Post | Feb 14