It took the Nets 19 games to get win No. 1, 11 games to get No. 3, 12 to get No. 4 and then another nine to get No. 5. They've won three of their last 14 and seem to be playing better of late, but they're still three wins short of their goal. The schedule lightens up a bit and they do get to play the Bobcats one more time, but nothing is guaranteed with this team.
If the Nets are going to get to their own magic number, Brook Lopez will have to avoid cheap fouls. The Nets' center has spent a lot of time on the bench this month in early foul trouble.