NBA Playoffs

The Nets’ Jarrett Jack, left, drives against the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore during Game 5 of the teams’ opening-round playoff series on April 29, 2015, at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Resurgent Nets To Try To Force Top-Seeded Hawks To Go The Distance

They were separated by 22 victories in the regular season and a mere nine points so far in the playoffs.

05/01/2015

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 29: Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Thaddeus Young #30 of the Brooklyn Nets during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 29, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Hawks Hold Off Nets’ Late Burst, Take 3-2 Series Lead

Al Horford and Jeff Teague scored 20 points apiece, helping the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks hold off the Brooklyn Nets 107-97 Wednesday night in an NBA playoff series that’s closer than anyone envisioned.

04/30/2015

Brook Lopez #11 and Joe Johnson #7

Pressure Is On Hawks As Nets Look To Take 3-2 Lead In First Round

Atlanta has to know exactly what Brooklyn is feeling right now. And that knowledge might be scary.

04/29/2015

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 27, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: D-Will, Nets Turnarounds Get Big Assist From Hollins

More important than any strategy, Lionel Hollins has these Nets playing with a passion, an attention to detail on the defensive end, and unselfishness on offense.

04/28/2015

J.R. Smith

WATCH: Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith Ejected For Knocking Jae Crowder To Floor

J.R. Smith was ejected from Cleveland’s playoff game on Sunday after swinging his arm back and knocking Boston’s Jae Crowder to the floor early in the second half.

04/27/2015

Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets attempts to drive against the Atlanta Hawks during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on April 25, 2015. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Disrespected Nets Could Save NBA From 1st-Round Doldrums

Considering the number of lopsided series in the first round, Monday’s Game 4 between the Nets and Hawks is a must-see event for all NBA fans.

04/27/2015

Deron Williams reacts after missing a basket in the final seconds of the Brooklyn Nets' 96-91 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Once Again, Nets’ D-Will Comes Up Small In Huge Moment

A Little League coaching colleague of mine has this saying: “You can’t hide in baseball.” It turns out that it’s also true in basketball.

04/23/2015

Mirza Teletovic of the Brooklyn Nets shoots before Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks on April 19, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets’ Teletovic Probable For Game 2 Against Hawks

Teletovic was ruled out for the season with blood clots in January, but his condition improved and he was cleared to play last week.

04/22/2015

Thaddeus Young of the Brooklyn Nets against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Will Regret Not Capitalizing On Hawks’ Subpar Performance

This was the game the Nets were praying for — and yet they still fell short. Don’t count on it occurring again in Game 2.

04/20/2015

LeBron James (credit: Gary Dineen/NBA/Getty Images)

NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference First Round Preview

The Eastern Conference seems far less interesting than the West, but still some intriguing match-ups in play.

04/17/2015

Lionel Hollins of the Brooklyn Nets talks with Joe Johnson #7 and Deron Williams #8 during the game against the Chicago Bulls on April 13, 2015 at Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Hollins On WFAN: There’s As Much Pressure On Nets As There Is On Hawks

“We have to go out there and play well. We have to figure out how to slow them down offensively and we’ve gotta figure out how to score against them.”

04/16/2015

(credit: Layne Murdoch Jr./NBA/Getty Images)

NBA Playoffs: Western Conference First Round Preview

The NBA regular season has come to an end and now we’ve got the marathon of playoff basketball to take us to Mid-June. The Western Conference was stacked as usual during the regular season and provides multiple options for teams that could end up representing in the Finals.

04/16/2015

Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks goes up for a shot against the Brooklyn Nets on April 8, 2015 at the Barclays Center (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Playoff Schedule: Dates, Times, TV Info For Series Against Hawks

The Nets may have snuck into the postseason. But hey, they’re in. And anyone in has a chance to win.

04/16/2015

The Brooklyn Nets during a game against the Orlando Magic on April 15, 2015 at the Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Made The Playoffs! Now, Can They Win A Game?

For whatever cosmic reasons, the Nets will be competing in games with even more meaning. I was wrong about whether they would get there. That won’t stop me from putting on my soothsayer hat again.

04/16/2015

The Brooklyn Nets during the game against the Chicago Bulls on April 13, 2015 at Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Need A Win And A Pacers Loss To Earn Playoff Berth

The Nets now need a win over the Magic and an Indiana loss at Memphis to qualify for the postseason.

04/15/2015

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