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Nets Serious About Playoff Chances

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Feb. 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson reacts on the sidelines during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Nets won 100-92. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Feb. 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson reacts on the sidelines during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Nets won 100-92. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

As Jim Mora might say, "Playoffs...You kidding me? I just hope we can win a game!" But indeed the Nets, six and a half games behind the Celtics (!) for the last spot in the East, are serious about it, in spite of a 10-25 record and league-highs in missed games, 122; starting lineups, 17; and players lost to season-ending injuries, three.

But, hey, the bottom of the East is weak and the Nets schedule gets progressively easier. Then, there's Avery Johnson and Deron Williams' competitive drive.

"We going to try to make a playoff push," Williams insisted. "We’re not too far back from the playoffs, so it’s not over. We realize that. We have to find a way to win at home, get some energy. Even though there’s not a lot of energy in the arena, we’ve got to make our own energy."