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Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets shares a word with his team on April 5, 2014. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein’s Playoff Preview: Nets Will Get Past Raptors, But It Won’t Be Easy

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.

04/18/2014

The Brooklyn Knight leads the Nets against the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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

The NBA’s playoff seeds are set, and to the relief of many, the Brooklyn Nets won’t be facing Chicago in the first round.

04/17/2014

Amir Johnson #15 of the Toronto Raptors goes up for a shot while defended by Cole Aldrich #45 and Jeremy Tyler #4 of the New York Knicks in the first half during an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden on April. 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Knicks Beat Raptors, Who Get No. 3 Seed Anyway

The New York Knicks finished their disappointing season with a 95-92 victory Wednesday night over the Toronto Raptors, who blew a 21-point lead but earned the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

04/17/2014

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks shoots against the Toronto Raptors on April 11, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.   (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Melo Scores 30 As Knicks Beat Raptors 108-100

Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, Amare Stoudemore had 24 points and 11 rebounds and the New York Knicks kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the Toronto Raptors 108-100 on Friday night.

04/11/2014

Shaun Livingston #14 of the Brooklyn Nets grabs a rebound against the Toronto Raptors on March 10, 2014 at the Barclays Center. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Williams, Livingston Lead Nets Past Raptors 101-97

Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston each scored 18 points and an ailing Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 101-97 victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

03/11/2014

Nets point guard Deron Williams and head coach Jason Kidd (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: No Award Will Mask Nets’ Shortcomings At Head Coach

To all those who have already touted Jason Kidd for Eastern Conference Coach of the Month of January for piloting the Nets to 10 wins in their first 12 games in 2014, know this: He was clearly the second-best coach on the sidelines Monday night.

01/28/2014

Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams (L) plays against Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry during their NBA game at the Barclays Center on January 27, 2014. (Credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Nets Edged Out By Raptors 104-103

The Toronto Raptors stopped a five-game winning streak by the Brooklyn Nets for the second time this month with a 104-103 victory Monday night.

01/27/2014

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Short-Handed Knicks Fall To Raptors, 115-100

The Toronto Raptors beat New York for the second straight night, topping the short-handed Knicks 115-100 on Saturday.

12/28/2013

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony Does Not Travel To Toronto, Still Bothered By Ankle Injury

The Knicks confirmed on their official public relations Twitter account that Carmelo Anthony did not travel to Toronto for Saturday’s game against the Raptors.

12/28/2013

Mike Woodson (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images), Andrea Bargnani (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Melo-Less Knicks Wilt In The 4th Quarter Heat, Lose To Raptors

Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, and the Toronto Raptors rallied for a 95-83 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

12/27/2013

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Knicks Head Coach Mike Woodson Confirms Melo Will Not Play Vs. Raptors

Anthony is considered day-to-day. Woodson doesn’t expect Melo to make the trip to Toronto on Saturday.

12/27/2013

GREENBURGH, NY - DECEMBER 10: (l-r) Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks and Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden James Dolan during Chandler's introductory press conference on December 10, 2011 at The Knicks Training Facility in Greenburgh, New York.  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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE  (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)

Report: Dolan Has Told Knicks Players That A Shakeup Is Not Coming

Knicks owner James Dolan has reportedly told his players that no major changes will be made to the roster or coaching staff.

12/27/2013

Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry, left, might be high on the Knicks' wish list this holiday season. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Report: Banged-Up Knicks Exploring Trade For Raptors’ Lowry

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last six weeks, the Knicks have major problems. And every day those problems seem to multiply.

12/12/2013

The Nets' Andray Blatche shoots against the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 26, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. (Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Hang On To Beat Raptors, 102-100

Andray Blatche scored 24 points, Joe Johnson had 21 and the Nets snapped a five-game losing streak, beating the Toronto Raptors 102-100 on Tuesday night.

11/27/2013

Andrea Bargnani (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Knicks Lose In Bargnani’s Return To Toronto

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points to lead the Raptors to a 100-91 preseason victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night, spoiling Andrea Bargnani’s return to Toronto.

10/11/2013

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