With an electrifying 117-109 win over the Indiana Pacers last night, the Brooklyn Nets locked up the fourth seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs, along with solidifying home court advantage for the first round.
After an up-and-down winter, the Nets have really turned it on, and still have a shot to jump the Pacers for the third seed in the playoffs. Brooklyn would need to win its three remaining games against the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons, and would need Indiana to drops its last three games to the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.
Regardless, if the Nets do win their final three games, they would reach the 50-win plateau -- a mark that some players said was the goal in the preseason.
Either way, it seems that the Nets are labeled for the 4-5 opening round match-up, where they will face either the Atlanta Hawks of Chicago Bulls. Currently, the Hawks are a half-game ahead of Chicago with two games remaining. The Bulls have three games left and own the tie-breaker over the Hawks.
Brooklyn matches up favorably with either team. With Friday night as an indicator, if Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez are on their game, it's going to be hard for any team in the East to stop them. Real hard.
The playoffs are set to begin in Brooklyn next weekend, either Saturday or Sunday, depending on who the Nets draw in the the first round.