Apr 9, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) defends against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs: Brooklyn Nets resting players to avoid Bulls, play Toronto Raptors?


The Brooklyn Nets will host the New York Knicks on Tuesday night as they currently sit in the Eastern Conference’s fifth playoff seed. But that doesn’t appear to be a place the Nets are overly comfortable with as they’re expected to rest up to six players in their tilt against the Knicks and Brian Windhorst of ESPN hints it could be a ploy to avoid the Chicago Bulls and play the Toronto Raptors.

Heat shut down to get No. 2 seed & now Nets putting No. 6 in play by maybe sitting 6 rotation players. Talk about respect for the Raptors

As things sit, the Toronto Raptors currently hold the third seed and assuming they stay in such a position will host the sixth seed when the first round opens up. Both the Raptors and Bulls are tied for the third seed, but Toronto is a division winner giving them the top honors.

Assuming things play out as the Nets would allegedly prefer, they’d fall to the sixth seed and be matched up with the Raptors – but that’s still going to take a few stars to align to have the scenario set up in such a way. The Washington Wizards, who currently own the sixth seed, are two games behind the Nets in the loss column – though hold the tiebreaker as they won the season series.

Tags: 2014 NBA Playoffs Brooklyn Nets Chicago Bulls Toronto Raptors

  • HoopsJunkie

    That’s kind of a dubious plan, if it is indeed what they’re doing. If Washington beats Boston tomorrow and Toronto loses to the Knicks again, the Nets could potentially be out-smarting themselves into a 3-6 matchup with the Bulls, instead of a 4-5 matchup with the Raptors. Best just to play hard and get ready for the playoffs, no?