2006_04_snetslogo.jpgA day after helping the Bulls stay in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Nets did the same with the 76ers. Philadelphia crushed New Jersey 116-96 on Wednesday. Lawrence Frank and company must not have wanted to give an unfair advantage to either squad. Allen Iverson dropped forty on the Nets, who have now gone 1-3 since having their 14-game winning streak snapped. After playing so well for over a month, the Nets have taken their foot off the gas pedal. Their defense the past two nights has been non-existent; they allowed Philadelphia to shoot 50 percent from the floor for the game just a day after getting lit up by the Bulls.

Gothamist isn't worried. The Nets would likely not have gotten the two seed even if they had played well in the sesaon's final six games; Miami has too easy a schedule for that. All NBA teams take time off, and the Nets will have the first round to recover from their lackadaisical play of late. Besides, the Nets will probably recover before then. Without the motivation of the streak, they've slipped a little, but they'll have a lot more to play for in the coming weeks.