Nets’ First 16 Games Key To The Season
|Wed 29||@ Washington (1-0)||7:00pm||YESHD|
|November||Opponent||Time||Local TV||Nat TV||Radio|
|Sat 01||vs Golden State (1-1)||7:30pm||YESHD|
|Tue 04||vs Phoenix (1-2)||7:30pm||YESHD|
|Fri 07||vs Detroit (1-3)||7:30pm||YESHD|
|Sat 08||@ Indiana (2-3)||7:00pm||YESHD|
|Mon 10||@ Miami (2-4)||7:30pm||YESHD|
|Wed 12||vs Indiana (3-4)||7:30pm||YESHD|
|Fri 14||vs Atlanta (4-4)||7:30pm||YESHD|
|Sat 15||@ Atlanta (4-5)||7:00pm||YESHD|
|Tue 18||vs Cleveland (4-6)||7:30pm||YESHD|
|Fri 21||@ Toronto (4-7)||7:00pm||YESHD|
|Sat 22||vs LA Clippers (5-7)||7:30pm||YESHD|
|Tue 25||@ LA Lakers (5-8)||10:30pm||YESHD|
|Wed 26||@ Sacramento (6-8)||10:00pm||YESHD|
|Sat 29||@ Utah (6-9)||9:00pm||YESHD|
|Sun 30||@ Phoenix (6-10)||8:00pm||YESHD|
The table above shows the Nets first 16 games (through November) also known as the most important part of the Nets’ season.
Why is this part of the schedule so important? Because if we start out with a halfway decent record (7-11 is the limit, anything less is no good), this will prove to Rod Thorn that we can contend for one of those bottom playoff slots and he will stand pat. If we start out poorly, Thorn will lose confidence and probably go into full rebuilding mode…which means trading Vince Carter. And once that happens, no shot at the playoffs, the only thing we would be competing for is lottery balls.
So how will we do? After looking at the schedule above (which is pretty soft) I see us finishing 6-10. If everything plays out like I have it, Rod Thorn is going to be making a tough decision. Keep the team together and hope for a playoff apperence, or trade Vince for a young guy and/or draft picks. I personally would like to see playoffs (and I think if Vince stays on the team we will make the playoffs), but who knows what will happen?
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