Nov 26, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross (31) tries to get past Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett (2) at Air Canada Centre. The Nets beat the Raptors 102-100. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors series preview


The Brooklyn Nets (44-38) didn’t want any part of the Chicago Bulls and rested players throughout the final weeks of the season. That allowed the Washington Wizards to pass the Bulls and now the Nets will take on the team that won their division, the Toronto Raptors (48-34). The Nets started the year 10-21, but really turned things around, finishing the season 34-17. The Raptors had a huge turnaround this season, led by their back court of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

Season Schedule: 

Game 1 in Toronto: Saturday, April 19, 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 in Toronto: Tuesday, April 22, 8 p.m. ET, NBATV
Game 3 in New York: Friday, April 25, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Game 4 in New York: Sunday, April 27, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 in Toronto (if necessary): Wednesday, April 30
Game 6 in New York (if necessary): Friday, May 2
Game 7 in Toronto (if necessary): Sunday, May 4

Season Series: Split 2-2

Brooklyn Nets   Toronto Raptors
Kevin Garnett Jonas Valanciunas
Paul Pierce Amir Johnson
Joe Johnson Terrence Ross
Sean Livingston DeMar DeRozan
Deron Williams Kyle Lowry

 

Brooklyn Nets Toronto Raptors
 Pace 93.68 94.42
 Offensive Rating 104.4 105.8
 Defensive Rating 104.9 102.4

 

This should be one of the better matchups of the first round. The Nets have done a good job of  resting players and should be mostly healthy entering the playoffs (with the exception of center Brook Lopez, who is out for the season after foot surgery). After adding Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the Nets believed they were legitimate contenders and this is their time to prove it.

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