The circus is coming to town and that means that the Brooklyn Nets will be on the road for the next two and a half weeks starting with a game against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.
The Nets get this weekend off for the All-Star Break and then they are back on the road again with a trip to the West Coast. It’s 18 days in total and it’s the longest time between home games for the Nets since the 1984-85 season.
“When you’re on the road like that, you have to have a great sense of urgency,” Paul Pierce told Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com. “You gotta know what’s coming and expect it to be tough. We haven’t been a great road team, so this is a moment of truth for us.”
The Nets have indeed strugged on the road this year. They are 24-26 overall and 16-11 at the Barclays Center, but are just 8-15 on the road. They are currently on a two-game losing streak on the road.
Shaun Livingston even went as far as to tell Tim Bontemps of the NY Post that part of the reason for the Nets slow start was because they were on the road so much in the beginning of the season. Although he did add that the early road trips were probably worse because they kept flying back to Brooklyn and it often included more back-to-back games.
“I think it plays a factor,” Livingston said. “It’s not the main thing, but it plays a factor especially with when you look at chemistry issues and guys having to come together. It definitely plays a factor in us getting off to bumpy start.”
The Nets finally return to Brooklyn March 3 when they host the Bulls.