The Brooklyn Nets play their last regular season game tonight, Aug. 13, against the Portland Trailblazers. With perennial All-Stars Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, and former Knick Carmelo Anthony, the Blazers need a victory to secure a postseason spot in the Western Conference.
Brooklyn has already solidified the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. They’ll face the Toronto Raptors, the East’s second seed, in the first round beginning this upcoming Monday.
The Milwaukee Bucks are the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed. The Boston Celtics have earned the three seed, with the Miami Heat (4), Indiana Pacers (5), Philadelphia 76ers (6) and the Orlando Magic (8), along with the Nets and Raptors comprising the East’s eight playoff teams.
After losing their first game in the NBA bubble to the Magic at the end of July, Brooklyn has gone 5-1, defeating the Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, L.A. Clippers, Bucks, and Magic, a 108-96 victory on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Brooklyn’s one loss was to the Celtics.
The Celtics crushed the Nets by 149-115 on Aug. 5, one day after Brooklyn’s impressive 119-116 win over the Bucks. It was Brooklyn’s largest margin of defeat this season and their most points allowed.
Brooklyn, exceeding expectations without many of their top players including Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie, bounced back with two straight wins against the Kings and Clippers. Nets guard Caris LeVert led them in both games dropping 22 and 27 respectively. Joe Harris contributed 21 versus the Kings and 25 against the Clippers.
Nets guard/forward Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot and point guard Jeremiah Martin had 24 points each in spearheading their team’s win over the Magic on Tuesday afternoon. Martin, on a two-way contract signed in January, also dished out 6 assists.
“We’re just keeping that chip on our shoulder,” said Martin, “proving everybody wrong.”