The Nets are 11 games under .500 after getting a win over a depleted Timberwolves team on Monday, but in the Eastern Conference, that means they’re only two-and-a-half games out of making the playoffs.
And despite the fact that there’s little to be gained by making the postseason, other than a first round loss to the Atlanta Hawks or the Cleveland Cavaliers in a series that would be hard-pressed to last more than five games, Thaddeus Young says that’s the goal that remains in place.
“Any win you can get is a great thing, especially for us as a team,” said Thaddeus Young, who scored 19 points in his return to Minnesota. “It just wasn’t clicking in the second half [of games], but now we’re starting to get together, we’re starting to hit shots and we’re starting to get things rolling.
“Now, we don’t have any time to waste … we’re trying to get back into this playoff hunt.”
The difference in Brooklyn is that the Nets have traded away all of their draft picks, and don’t control one until 2019. That makes tanking — like what’s shamelessly going on in Denver at the moment — a useless strategy.
Playoffs are unlikely for these Nets, who would have to climb past the Celtics and the Hornets in the standings, while overtaking either the Heat or the Pacers at the same time.
All of those teams are playing better and more consistently than Brooklyn has for some time, but trying to reach that lofty goal makes sense, given the Nets’ unfortunate situation.