Brooklyn Nets star looking to launch play-off assault with win in London

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The Brooklyn Nets are in London for their sell-out showdown against the Atlanta Hawks tomorrow night - and Jason Terry says they are ready to bounce back from their early season wobble and make a charge for the play-offs.

Big things were expected of the Nets when Terry, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded in and legend Jason Kidd was installed as coach.

However they struggled to find any consistency in the build up to Christmas - a run of form which has left them outside the Easter Conference play-off places.

They currently are second in the Eastern Conference behind the Toronto Raptors - and Terry says his team are looking to embark on a run of form that will take them into the play-offs.

"The Nets will do great things in the Eastern Conference," he told reporters.

"Obviously, I foresee us as a top two or three team in the Eastern Conference and we just have to continue to grow and get better and understand that once we get to the playoffs it's all about match-ups.

"What I've seen from this team this year is that we do have the resolve of an NBA champion.

"What we went through - injuries which were very unpredictable and not winning as many games as we thought to this point - was very tough on us and mentally we easily could have shut it down and said 'OK, the season's over' but as soon as January hit it was a new year, a new season for us.

"You've seen the resolve, you've seen the fight in this team and I think that's what it's going to take to win it all.

"That is our identity - it's grit, it's determination, it is championship resolve and I think we have it to a man.

"It just took some beating down to bring it out of us and we were tired of getting beat up and I think that's what you've seen out of us lately."

Terry, who won the NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, added that he was happy to be in London for the game at the O2 Arena tomorrow - but insisted every player was focused on getting a much-needed win.

He said: "For us it's all about putting on a great show and getting a win. Fans over here don't get to see us play live a lot and now this is a great experience for them and for us also. I love it any time we can come abroad and showcase our talents. It's fun for us.

"You take in the sights, you see it how it comes but we know when we step on the hardwood it's all about business and for me my business is entertaining and getting a W.

"I believe that every situation is a chance to grow and become better as a unit and what better way to do it than abroad. You're out of your normal comfort zone, you have to rely on each other and I think that's what this trip does for us."

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