Moke Hamilton, SNYNets.com
NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Boston Celtics on Thursday night, 102-97. For the Nets, it was only the second time in the past 17 tries that they bested the Atlantic division powerhouse.
More importantly for the Nets, it was their fourth win in a row and it came in dramatic fashion.
Still, Deron Williams believes that, for his team, the best is to come.
Joe Johnson is getting on track, Brook Lopez continues to be a force on the interior and the Nets managed to win a game against a tough opponent, despite trailing in the fourth quarter.
“This was a huge win for us,” Williams said. “Even though they didn’t have [Rajon] Rondo, we didn’t have Gerald [Wallace].”
Williams, though, acknowledges that the Brooklyn Nets are still a work in progress but believes his team is headed in the right direction. ”I think we can play a lot better,” he said. “Me and Joe shot pretty bad from the floor… We can defnitely improve our field goal percentage, but we’re getting better.”
The Nets are off on Friday but will depart for California on Saturday. They’ll play three games in four nights out West against the Sacramento Kings (Sunday), Los Angeles Lakers (Tuesday), and Golden State Warriors (Wednesday).
It will be the team’s first three games in four nights stretch and the battles against the Lakers and Warriors will be the first back-to-back set of the season.
As the Nets embark on this important trip, Williams believes Thursday night’s victory will help keep the his troops in high spiris. ”The win was really important to keep our morale in the locker room high,” he said. “But more important is how we come out on Sunday against Sacramento, it’s important for us to get out on a good start on this road trip.”
Though the Nets are 5-2 and are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for the third longest current win streak in the NBA, Williams thinks the best is yet to come. ”We’re 5-2, so we’re definitely happy with the record,” he said. ”But we feel like we haven’t even played close to our best basketball, so that’s the most promising thing.”
The Nets will return to Barclays Center on Nov. 23, when they’ll host the Los Angeles Clippers. Between now and then, winning two of the three games in California would serve notice the the Eastern Conference that the Nets truly are a contender.
One thing’s for sure, Saturday’s flight out West will be a pleasant one, especially after coming off of such a huge victory.