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Looking Forward, Looking Back

The Nets have 31 games left and by any measure, the NBA schedule-maker did New Jersey a favor: They play 17 of those at home including 10 of the final 15. Only 12 games are against teams that have a winning record, and 11 are versus teams that have less than a .400 record. Now comes the hard part. Lawrence Frank has already taken Vince Carter aside and told him what the Nets need from him...and he promises to respond. 50 Wins? The self-described "insane optimist" thinks so.