Coming into the season, expectations were high for the Nets. They played poorly, were plagued by injuries, and couldn't seem to get their chemistry down right. What seemed like a nightmare got worse. Deron Williams and Brooke Lopez, the team's two best players, went down with injuries and Lopez was lost for the season.
Then the new year came along. If the season had started on January 1st, the Nets would have the best record in the league right now. They are 10-1 in the month of January and are now only two games under .500, which in the East puts them in the playoffs.
How did this turnaround happen? Is it just an easy schedule? They did beat both the Heat and the Thunder in this stretch. Did Kidd figure out what he was doing? Did the players finally find a way to mesh? Is the loss of Lopez and limited minutes given to Reggie Evans a form of addition by subtraction?
Please help me make sense of this.