Behind enemy lines: Brooklyn Nets

Behind enemy lines: Brooklyn Nets
August 13, 2014, 10:00 am
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This is a series to look at how the Wizards stack up against their opponents in the East, where they finished 44-38 last season for a No. 5 playoff seed and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Today:

Brooklyn Nets

2013-14 finish: 44-38, 2nd in Atlantic Division and 6th in the East. Despite not having home-court advantage, upset the Toronto Raptors on the road in Game 7 of a first-round playoff series victory

Season series vs. Wizards: Lost 3-0 in the regular season, including an overtime game at Verizon Center in which Paul Pierce -- now with the Wizards -- was held without a field goal in regulation. 

Key losses: PF Andray Blatche, SF Paul Pierce, PG Shaun Livingston, SG Marcus Thornton. 

Key additions: None. 

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Outlook: The one-year run for the Nets is over. Jason Kidd is out as coach and Lionel Hollins is in, but he doesn't have many pieces to work with. The Nets mortgaged their future, and draft picks, and have been gutted with major defections from the roster and PF/C Kevin Garnett and C Brook Lopez, both oft-injured, as the centerpieces. PG Deron Williams had ankle issues last season and should be healthier, but he proved no match for Wizards PG John Wall in their head-to-head meetings. Brooklyn will take a significant step backward as they haven't been players in the free-agent market either, with limited options and ability to sign players because this is a luxury tax team.