Here is the third and final part of NBN’s breakdown of the Brooklyn Nets 2016-17 schedule.
Part one of our three-part series covered the first 28 games of the season, ending with the matchup against Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and the Golden State Warriors. Part two covered the following 27 games, beginning just before the holidays and ending prior to All-Star break.
Part III will cover the last 27 games of the season, spanning from February 15 to April 12.
We begin the final segment with the game just before All-Star break. On Wednesday, February 15, Brooklyn will host the Milwaukee Bucks, coached by former Nets player and coach Jason Kidd. It’s been two years since Kidd last coached the Nets, but his return always invokes mixed feelings from fans.
The Nets return from All-Star break with an eight-game road trip that lasts from the end of February to mid-March. Since their move to Brooklyn, the Nets have been going on a long road trip towards the beginning of March to account for the circus that comes to Barclays at that time.
During this long stretch, Brooklyn will face six teams on the West and two teams on the East. The trip consists of matchups against Denver, Golden State, Sacramento, Utah, Portland, Memphis, Atlanta, and Dallas. Four of these games are back-to-backs (Denver/Golden State and Utah/Portland). Playing eight games in a 15-day period will prove to be difficult for Brooklyn, especially when a few of their competitors are expected to be competing in the postseason.
Following their time on the road, the Nets will return to Brooklyn for two games to host the revamped New York Knicks, and Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City Thunder. Their next game will be on the other side of the bridge, where they will play the Knicks again, this time at Madison Square Garden. The matchup against the Knicks is followed by four games at home, where they’ll compete against Boston, Dallas, Detroit, and Phoenix. This will be a lighter stretch for Brooklyn, as they’ll be spending most of their time at home. In seven games, the Nets will only be playing one away game, which will just be in another borough.
The last game of this home stretch, against Phoenix, is part of a back-to-back. Brooklyn will face John Wall and the Washington Wizards the next day, Friday, March 24, in the Verizon Center. To conclude March, the Nets will have three more games against the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Detroit Pistons. Two of them are away games (Atlanta and Detroit). As a whole, the month of March consists of 17 games for the Nets, with three back-to-backs.
To cap off the regular season, the Nets will play just seven games in April. These games will be a mix of home and away games. Some of the notable matchups of April for Brooklyn include the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls (twice), and Boston Celtics.
We probably won’t be seeing the Nets play into June, but let’s hope that they can at least prove ESPN’s forecast wrong.