The Nets are 6-9 through the first calendar month of the season, and have faced one of the easiest schedules in the league. Brooklyn's opponents have a combined winning percentage of .451, the fourth easiest schedule in the league. The only teams with easier games are the Bulls, Knicks, and Bucks.
While the Nets are still fighting for the playoffs at the moment, December could define their season. Right now, the Nets stand tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference, but their schedule becomes much tougher this coming month and it is wise to judge this team after this upcoming stretch.
Here are some numbers and facts about the Nets' December schedule:
- The team plays 16 games in the month of December, 10 of them are against teams .500 or better.
- Brooklyn has 5 sets of back-to-back's this month.
- One of those back-to-back's pits them against the Sixers and the struggling Hornets, so there's that...
- But then they play at home against the Kings ... only to travel to Chicago the next night to finish the month.
- The Nets play both the Cavaliers and Bulls twice in December.
- Only one national TV game for the Nets in December, when they take on the Raptors on December 17. It will be on ESPN.
- Brooklyn has a four-game stretch of the Spurs, Hawks and Cavaliers at home, before going on the road to play the Bulls.
- Nets also face a tough stretch in the middle of the month, playing the Heat, Raptors in Toronto, and the Cavs in four days.
There is still time for the Nets to turn this around. Plenty of time, a matter of fact. Let's see where they stand after this difficult month before people throw in the towel on the year.