The Raptors host the Nets in Game 5 of their first round series on Wednesday night, having regained home-court advantage with an 87-79 victory on Sunday.
Playoff experience, once an area of prime concern for the Raptors, is starting to look passé after the latest in a string of superior fourth quarters by Toronto’s postseason greenhorns.
If Brooklyn fails in this series against the Raptors, this nearly $200-million (including luxury taxes) team will go down as one of the most over-hyped compilations in NBA history.
Joe Johnson scored 29 points, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett brought a charge to their first playoff game in Brooklyn, and the Nets held off the Toronto Raptors 102-98 on Friday night for a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.
“Very, very eager to see how they respond to the ‘F Brooklyn,'” Nets center Kevin Garnett said Thursday. “Very, very eager to see how they respond.”
If Dwane Casey has any concerns coming to Brooklyn, they aren’t about his players.
Elite teams find a way to overcome the egregious officiating. The fact remains that the Nets had a solid chance to do it on Tuesday night, but they couldn’t put the Raptors away.
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight playoff double-double and the Raptors beat the Nets 100-95.
For Raptors’ All-Star DeMar DeRozan, the waiting between playoff games is the hardest part. The Nets, however, don’t mind one bit.
The NBA has fined Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri $25,000 for using profanity in a public place.
It took me a few looks at the infamous Toronto Sun headline prior to Saturday’s Game 1. Raptors vs. Dinosaurs? Are they coming out with another sequel to Jurassic Park?
That’s the message Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is sending in response to the profanity that Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri heaved in the direction of New York City’s most populous bureau.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.
Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of Raptors fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday’s opening game of the NBA playoffs.
For Brooklyn to advance to the second round for the first time since 2007 (when, ironically, the sixth-seeded New Jersey Nets upset third-seeded Toronto), the following matters must be addressed.