Veteran Nets are peaking at the right time

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NEW YORK — It may be kind to call Jason Kidd’s first two months with the Brooklyn Nets a disaster. He appeared unprepared for the challenge. His veteran players were ailing with various injuries. His star players were confused about the system. Kidd didn’t even have control of his own bench; assistant coach Lawrence Frank commanded that department.

That was so last year. The Nets are a sparkling 26-10 since New Year’s Day after a rather easy 114-98 home victory Friday over the Celtics, who are truly playing out the string as their defense is already on summer vacation.

The Nets are streaking, making a serious push for the Atlantic Division title following a 10-21 start. they have emerged as the team no one wants to face in the playoffs.

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