It seems like nobody wants to face the Chicago Bulls when the NBA playoffs begin next week.
First the Miami Heat rested a number of starters in a move that was seen as an attempt to avoid the Chicago franchise come the second round.
And now the Brooklyn Nets are giving themselves every chance of avoiding Joakim Noah and co. according to ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst.
Jason Kidd is reportedly preparing to rest six players ahead of the Nets-Knicks game tonight, a game that should the Nets lose would leave them open to slipping to no. 6 seed in the East.
That would, at present, see them face the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs rather than Tom Thibodeau's team who currently hold the no.4 seed.
All sounds pretty complicated and, let's be honest, totally unnecessary, right?
The Bulls are undoubtedly a legitimate threat in the postseason this year, but the Raptors don't sit third in the East for nothing and are too good to be underestimated at this time of year.
Knowing their luck the Nets will succeed in avoiding the Bulls but fall to the Raptors in a series sweep in the first round.
The Brooklyn Nets have already confirmed that Mirza Teletovic, Alan Anderson and Shaun Livingston are all sitting tonight, whilst Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams remain game-time decisions.