After weeks of uncertainty down the house stretch of the everyday season, the Brooklyn Nets in the end have clarity on what their first steps in their post-season adventure will seem like.
It’s on to the Play-In Tournament.
Brooklyn finished off the regular season on a 4-recreation win streak and prevailing 12 in their final 17 video games Sunday, officially and sooner or later clinching the 7-seed in the East. The group is slated to host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, April 12. The contest can be nationally televised on TNT with a tipoff time of 7:00 p.M. ET. (No coverage on YES. The countrywide rights holders have an exceptional.)
“The normal season has gotten us organized for this time. It’s approximately resting on what we’ve discovered at some point of the 12 months, resting on who you are as a participant, and just gambling lose mentally,” Kevin Durant said. “I assume that’s what all the pleasant teams do around this time is lean what you’ve been operating on all season. We’re looking forward to this possibility. It’s the first step for us to get into the playoffs. We were given to take care of business.”
The Nets have the luxury of desiring only one win to secure a playoff berth. If that comes Tuesday, Brooklyn is the 7-seed and could face the Boston Celtics. If the Nets drop that contest, the group will face a win-or-move-domestic game towards the winner of the 9/10 Play-In recreation (Charlotte Hornets vs. Atlanta Hawks) on April 15 for the eight-seed.
“Let’s get it on,” Kyrie Irving stated. “This is a special time in the yr, going towards a group which includes the Cavaliers is something to stay up for. Something to move home, think about all of the possessions that took place the opposite night, research from them, and take what you may into Tuesday due to the fact they’re going to make adjustments, we’re going to make adjustments, and it’s going to be an all-out conflict.”
It can be the first time both Durant and Irving will participate in the Play-In Tournament — a tournament that turned into the delivered closing season. It is likewise unusual territory for the Nets as a franchise.
“Just move play. Can’t place an excessive amount of pressure on yourself. You apprehend how crucial the [Play-In] recreation is already. The best issue to do is just play free, stick with the sports plan, and accept as true with your teammates,” said Durant on approaching Tuesday’s Play-In Matchup. “That’s typically the way you technique these games. We’ll see what happens.”
It’s secure to say both the Nets and Cavaliers understand pretty plenty approximately every other. Brooklyn hosted the Cleveland on Friday to advantage the tiebreaker in the standings. The Nets were given it completed in typical Nets style, blowing a 17-point lead and making the win more difficult than it needed to be. Overall, Brooklyn ripped off a three-1 season collection advantage against their play-in opponent.
It may be a blessing or a curse for each of the Nets and the Cavaliers to have performed every different much less than per week ago. The groups are familiar with every other’s schemes, how they like to play, and greater importantly, what adjustments can be coming Tuesday night time.
“Helpful for each team I could believe. I’m not certain what benefit it’s far. It’s the equal state of affairs for both teams,” said Steve Nash on playing the Cavaliers these days beforehand in their play-in matchup. “It’s whoever plays higher wins.”
In preceding seasons, each the 7-seed and the eight-seed might mechanically clinch playoff berths at the end of the normal season. Last season, there have been many gamers that expressed bad evaluations on the play-in, most notably LeBron James. Brooklyn’s superstar duo has no hassle with it.
“I certainly didn’t have any thoughts approximately it, to be honest. It is what it’s miles,” Durant said. “Getting two teams an opportunity for the spot, it’s cool. Fans adore it. No court cases from me.”
“Well No. 1, I suppose someone is in the backroom ‘hip-hip hoorayin’ about the play-in match. Last 12 months you get Steph and LeBron. This 12 months you get me and KD, going against the Cavs within the play-in game,” Irving stated. “In the West, Minnesota and the Clippers. I wager a person inside the backroom is saying this works.”
From Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis remaining season to Durant, Irving, Paul George, Karl-Anthony Towns, and organisation this year, the play-in tournament has been a fulfillment inside the eyes of the lovers and the league. In Durant’s opinion, so long as the second one-12 months event produces proper movement at the hardwood, he believes it’s precise for the game.
“It relies upon how the video games are. The format of the playoffs and all that stuff don’t simply matter. It’s about the product at the court and the gamers on the ground,” Durant stated. “I’m certain there will be a few correct basketball available with the expertise we have on this league.”
Although Brooklyn has had their fair proportion of should-win games within the ordinary season, the team will get their first actual observe a critical ought to-win game Tuesday night with all eyes on them. And their stars comprehend it higher than anybody else.
“As a competitor, it feels like one of these Game 6s, Game 5s, Game 7s, in which it’s a ought to-win,” Irving said. “You understand that the ball is going to be tipped and it’s no longer truly going to rely on whatever other than will, skill, how they’ll prepare, physicality, how well you already know the alternative group’s offensive schemes, and truly being attentive to the possessions in three-minute spurts. The different team goes to go on runs and also you just got to be prepared to truly resist it.
“You simply don’t realize what may want to appear in video games like that. You just got to put together for some thing which could show up and surely are available in with a fearless mind-set going towards any other incredible team. I’m looking ahead to it. Let’s get it on.”
The health scenario remains unchanged at the least for now. Despite all the optimism Sunday, Ben Simmons will not be gambling for the Nets but Seth Curry is in all likelihood again. The Cavs’ MVP, Jarrett Allen, stays out for Cleveland with a fractured finger.