The Brooklyn Nets were often reminded in recent seasons about how they gave up three unprotected first-round picks, plus a 2017 first-round pick swap, to Boston as part of the 2013 trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
The Celtics turned those picks into Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and one that was used to obtain Kyrie Irving and elevate Boston into the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.
Now the Nets are moving beyond the trade and getting into playoff contention for the first time in four seasons.
Heading into Monday's visit to Boston, the Nets are among the hottest teams in the NBA with 19 wins in their last 24 games and are within 3 1/2 games of the fifth-place Celtics in the Eastern Conference. >> Read more
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