When it comes to making a deep run in the postseason, Seth Curry doesn’t think the Nets’ seeding matters as much as the matchups do.
The Nets entered Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons sitting in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, which has them set on a path for the play-in round. Brooklyn is trying to avoid that as much as possible, but Curry believes that as long as they get into the playoffs then they have a shot.
If the Nets are forced to go through the pre-playoffs tournament then they would begin the playoffs as the seventh or eighth seed. The lowest seed to ever win a title was the 1995 Houston Rockets, who were the sixth seed in the West.
“The team is kind of revamped, got Kyrie back, myself, (Andre Drummond), hopefully, Ben (Simmons) down the stretch,” Curry said at shootaround. “I just feel like this is a new team and our seeding isn’t indicative of the type of team that we are. And the type of basketball that we’ve been playing the past month. Seeding doesn’t matter, it’s about matchups, especially in the Eastern Conference.”
Curry was quick to point out that he had not been a part of the Nets squad that lost 11 straight games earlier this year and that they’ve looked different since the trade deadline. Brooklyn is 10-10 since the deadline, but has put up impressive wins over teams like Milwaukee, Miami and Philadelphia.
The Nets sharpshooter has been a big part of any success the Nets have had since arrived in Brooklyn and debuted on Feb. 14 against the Sacramento Kings. Curry has averaged 15.3 points per game and 3.1 three-pointers while shooting lights out from the field and beyond the arc.
It’s also meant that the Nets have to be extra cautious with Curry now that he’s dealing with a nagging ankle injury. The Nets sharpshooter said he has been bothered with a significant amount of pain in his ankle, but the team has been able to manage it during off days.
“It’s tough in the sense that I can’t do as much as I want to do every day,” Curry said. “As far as practice-wise and working on my game and getting extra work in. But come game time I feel like I’m in a pretty good rhythm. We’re playing well as a team and especially when I’m out there. Just trying to keep that rhythm as far as doing it in games and keeping my mind sharp, but it;s an interesting, tough experience but get through it.”
Curry doesn’t believe that any sort of offseason procedure would be necessary for it. For now, he said that a month of rest once the season is over should help heal it.