The Nets are going to the postseason.
Brooklyn clinched its first playoff berth since 2014-15 with a 108-96 victory over the Pacers in Indiana on Sunday.
For the first time since 2015, the Brooklyn Nets have clinched a playoff berth. pic.twitter.com/KBb1iWtNgS
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 7, 2019
Star point guard D’Angelo Russell said the win gave him an “amazing feeling” after the game.
“It’s for sure? Man, that’s crazy. I don’t even know what to think.”
– D’Angelo Russell on the Nets making the postseason for the first time since 2015 pic.twitter.com/77YUf8nC9z
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 7, 2019
“It’s an amazing feeling man,” Russell told YES Network. “We’ve got a great group of guys. Great coaching staff. I think it’s the best group to do this with man. It’s a lot of our first times doing it. It’s going to be a blast, I’m excited.
“We knew what it was going to take. Honestly we knew what we had to do. We knew how we were going to come together collectively and do it as a group. And that’s the outcome for us. The result was what we deserve.”
Russell, 23, made his first All-Star team this season. He leads the Nets in points (21.1) and assists per game (seven) in 2018-19 and has been a driving force behind Brooklyn’s success.
The Nets now have a 41-40 record and currently sit in sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. They’ll likely have a tough first-round playoff matchup against the Bucks, Raptors or 76ers, though.