www.crunch.comCrunch time: Stars Align For the Nets as They Close in on Playoffs, Record Home Win Streak

By Lenn Robbins | @lennrobbins

Sometimes the stars align and you have one of those days that validates all the hard work.

You slept well, chowed down on that egg-white sandwich on toasted multi-grain bread, and got in a monster workout at your local Crunch gym.

Yep, you strutted out of there like the proverbial peacock.

Well, the stars have aligned for the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets have a chance to clinch a playoff spot and write their names in the record book with a franchise-record 14th straight home win Tuesday night in Barclays Center.

Both would be stunning accomplishments considering the Nets were 10-21 at one point this season and half the roster was seemingly on the injured list.

Think of it like this: You joined the gym three months ago wanting to drop 25 pounds. Today’s the day you stepped on the scale and hit that number.

The jeans fit!

The Nets would join Miami, Indiana, Toronto and Chicago as Eastern Conference teams that have clinched.

San Antonio, which continues to set the standard for excellence in the NBA, has won a franchise-record 18 straight, and will seek to repeat as Western Conference champs.

In addition to the Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers have clinched spots in the West.

Houston, Portland, Golden State, Dallas, Phoenix and Memphis are all in the hunt for the final five playoff spots.

Atlanta, Cleveland and the Knicks are fighting for the last spot in the East.

Talk about Crunch Time.

There are two weeks left in the regular season and the fight for those last precious playoff spots is on.

No team has posted a more spectacular turnaround than the Nets. Since opening 10-21 the Nets have gone 29-12.

They’ve won 20 of 22 in the basketball cathedral on the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues.

Barclays Center will be the place to be Tuesday night. So pull on those jeans, wink at who you see in the mirror and come join the party.

The stars have aligned for the Nets.

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