Lichtenstein: Despite Question Marks, Nets Are Still A Playoff Team

October 29, 2014 10:47 AM

Lichtenstein: Despite Question Marks, Nets Are Still A Playoff Team
By Steve Lichtenstein » More Columns

" To gauge where the Brooklyn Nets stand at any given point during this upcoming 2014-15 season—which begins Wednesday night in Boston—one must look at the team’s medical records in addition to the win-loss columns.

That’s going to happen on a team where the locker-room stalls above four of its top eight players should be marked with a “Fragile” stamp.

It’s also why making any predictions for this Nets season may seem pointless. I’ve read pundits who believe the Nets can win 50 games and take the Atlantic Division and others who are so down on Brooklyn that they have their win totals in the mid-30s—and missing the playoffs entirely.

Those naysayers are looking at center Brook Lopez, forwards Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko, and point guard Deron Williams, who are all coming off injury-plagued 2013-14 campaigns. All those games lost were one of the main reasons why Brooklyn’s results didn’t even come close to meeting the championship-thumping preseason hype. The Nets fell to Miami in five games in the second round of last season’s playoffs "

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