Nets Playoff Push Begins (Really!)

Mar 7, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) brings the ball up court against Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) at the Prudential Center. New Jersey Nets defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 101-100. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

We're not going to link to Jim Mora's famous "playoffs?!" video, but Mora's incredulous response to a beat reporter seems no more surprising than the Nets suggesting Friday that they have a chance at making the NBA playoffs. Then again, the numbers do tell a positive story.

After playing at Charlotte (who's won five games), the Nets play nine of their next 11 games at home. They are five and a half games back of the eighth place Knicks who have lost three straight and play the toughest schedule from now till April 26. And New Jersey is only two and a half behind the ninth place Bucks. Even the seventh place Celtics are in for a hard time. They start an eight-game road trip this weekend, starting with the Lakers.

Meanwhile the Nets admitted Friday what everyone already suspected: Mehmet Okur, acquired to fill in for Brook Lopez, is unlikely to come back. "The back situation, has not responded at all," Avery Johnson said. "We've tried a little bit of everything. So, we've just taken the pressure off of him. We just don't have a timeframe now, we'll just continue to treat him,"

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