Posted April 14, 2013 on AP on Fox
Locked into the Eastern Conference's No. 4 seed, the Brooklyn Nets have little to play for down the stretch. Making sure they're fresh for the playoffs is a much bigger priority. Deron Williams is one of several players who could be rested as the Nets open a season-ending two-game homestand against the Washington Wizards on Monday night. While Brooklyn (47-33) had a chance to climb to within one game of Indiana for third place in the East after the Pacers lost to New York on Sunday, coach P.J. Carlesimo's team instead suffered a disappointing defeat of its own, 93-87 at Toronto. Despite being two games back with two to go, the Nets can't catch Indiana, which owns the tiebreaker as a division winner. Williams had 30 points and Reggie Evans collected 16 rebounds for Brooklyn, which had a four-game winning streak snapped and never led Sunday. The Nets have home-court advantage in the first found round of the playoffs but are still awaiting their opponent. "We don't know whether w...
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