The Brooklyn Nets will be one of the most dangerous rivals for a top seed in recent years. The Brooklynites started this season with high expectations, as many people touted them as championship favorites.
Their star trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden was ready to go all the way, but many factors prevented them from playing a lot of games together and being consistent throughout the season. Now, they could finish the regular season as high as the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference, which means they could face one of the top squads in the playoffs.
For instance, they could face the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs, which could be a huge matchup for both teams. Many think that the Nets are a scary squad for the rest of the conference, but the Heat doesn't think that way. In recent hours, two of their stars stated that anybody is scared of Brooklyn and they're confident in themselves.
Bam Adebayo made it clear that they aren't running away from anybody and are ready for whatever.
“I mean, in the playoffs you can’t run anyway in my opinion. You can’t try to duck somebody. You win that matchup, you’ve got to play them in the next round, or the round after that. You still got to face that. I don’t feel like anybody here is running from anything,” said the Heat center.
Besides Bam, Tyler Herro also chimed in on this potential scenario, admitting that the team is keeping tabs on the Nets, but that doesn't mean they are afraid of them.
“We aren’t really paying too much attention to it. Obviously Brooklyn is the team that we’re looking at and seeing who they’ll match up against. I mean, whoever we’ll play in the first round, it is what it is. We’ll have to see everyone to get to where we want to go,” said Tyler Herro.
With the Nets falling from the 1st spot in the East, they are now one of the lowest seeds. This isn't good news for the top 4 teams, as they know how great Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are. If they finish 7th in the standings, Brooklyn could face the Milwaukee Bucks or Boston Celtics. If they finish 8th, then the Heat will welcome them in the postseason.
Whoever it is, it will be a huge challenge for the Brooklynites and their star duo. If they can get Ben Simmons back to the court, the situation will get a lot worse for their rivals.