Brooklyn Nets: 3 stats that prove Nets have edge over 76ers in East

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Nicolas Claxton, Brooklyn Nets, Bruce Brown
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 15: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Nicolas Claxton #33 and Bruce Brown #1 of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

No. 2: The Nets’ defense has taken a huge step forward

The Nets’ loss against the Washington Wizards earlier in this season underscored just how wretched they were on the defensive end. Not only have Steve Nash and de facto defensive coach Jacque Vaughn changed the schematics on defense, but it’s helped the Nets become an above-average defensive team.

Since their season-altering loss against the lowly Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn has allowed 110 points per game. That mark, if it held for a full season, would make Brooklyn one of the top 10 defensive teams in the game. Keep in mind, those numbers are coming alongside a fast-paced offense that gives the opponent plenty of possessions.

The Brooklyn Nets finally have a respectable defense.

With as much offensive talent as they have, the Nets are going to put up points. Their defense is ultimately going to be what determines how far they can go in the postseason. The Nets not only chose to give Brown and Claxton more run in the rotation, but they appear to be a more aggressive team.

The Nets will look to ride their new-look defense past some teams like Philly, Milwaukee, and Charlotte that gave them trouble earlier in the season.