"This is kind of like our playoffs," Kidd said Wednesday after practice, referring to the Nets' final seven regular-season games. The Nets enter Thursday's game having won 9 of their previous 12 games, including a 93-91 victory over the Knicks last Friday at Madison Square Garden.
KNICKS IN SORRY ROLE OF SPOILERThe Nets are 2-1 against the Knicks this season. Their only loss came on Dec. 14, when Kidd's playing time was limited as he eased back into his regular role after off-season knee surgery. The Nets are 2-0 against the Knicks since Stephon Marbury proclaimed himself the best point guard in the N.B.A. on Dec. 31.
"I hope [nobody's lost hope]. We've got to keep playing, keep competing. There's been a lot of games this year like that. We've just got to find a way to get a win and figure this out over the summer."
Skid not lost on Knicks"At this point, how much motivation are you going to get from that? A spoiler, that means that's not good. A spoiler isn't good."
The Knicks have just nine games left in their season, and the most meaningful one will be played tonight when they take on the Nets at the Meadowlands. Though the Knicks do not have hope for making the playoffs, the Nets do. So something will be on the line aside from pride.
It's meaningful only for Nets"We just play basketball because we love to do it and it's our profession," Crawford said. "For us, we're going to leave it on the floor no matter who we're playing."
It was the 12th time the Nets have beaten the Knicks in the past 15 regular-season games since Jason Kidd's arrival in New Jersey. That doesn't include four straight wins in last year's playoffs.
Jamal Crawford also spoke only for himself, before adding, "If we're not fighting, that's embarrassing on everybody's part." Crawford then lamented the declining spirit the Knicks have shown in recent games, especially in Tuesday's 97-79 loss to the Indiana Pacers.