The Nets also tied their franchise high mark for road wins in a season with 20.
Brooklyn crushed the Pistons and earned a solid victory over the Mavericks before dropping a tough one to the Clippers. The team hung on against the Suns and then beat down the Trail Blazers.
But at that point, the toughest stretch of the road trip – games against the Nuggets and Jazz – were on the schedule.
The Nets dropped both of these games in back-to-back nights. The Denver game really wasn’t close, but the Nets led at halftime against the Jazz only to see Randy Foye dominate the second half with 21 points on seven three-pointers.
One more game remains on the road trip against the Cavaliers. If the Nets can earn that victory, they’d finish the trip 5-3.
Before the trip even started, ask any Nets’ player or coach if they would take a 5-3 finish, and they’d likely all be thrilled. The trip included a few tough stops on the west coast, and even though the team has played well on the road all season fatigue has begun to set in.
But now that the trip is near completion, winning one of the games against either Denver or Utah would have been a confidence boost to the team – especially playing without Joe Johnson.
A 6-2 road trip would really have geared this team up for the playoffs. Not that a 5-3 trip is such a huge difference, but the Jazz are the caliber of team – like the Hawks or Bulls – the Nets will have to battle hard in the playoffs.
And of course, let’s not assume that Wednesday’s game is an automatic win against the Cavs, though they are 1-9 in their last 10 games.
A win against Cleveland would ensure Brooklyn or its first-ever winning road record for a season.
The Nets have had two chances already to set this mark, but hopefully the third time’s the charm.
Jim Mancari is a Contributor to SNYNets.com. Follow him on Twitter @JMMancari.