They were separated by 22 victories in the regular season and a mere nine points so far in the playoffs.
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.
Atlanta has to know exactly what Brooklyn is feeling right now. And that knowledge might be scary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teletovic was ruled out for the season with blood clots in January, but his condition improved and he was cleared to play last week.
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.
The Eastern Conference seems far less interesting than the West, but still some intriguing match-ups in play.
“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.”
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.
The Nets may have snuck into the postseason. But hey, they’re in. And anyone in has a chance to win.
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.
The Nets now need a win over the Magic and an Indiana loss at Memphis to qualify for the postseason.