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The Nets need to make some adjustments

The Raptors went into Brooklyn and beat the Nets on their home floor, evening up their best-of-seven playoff series at two wins apiece.

In a game of runs that evened out to a tie game entering the fourth quarter, Toronto held the Nets scoreless in the final five minutes of the game to seal the victory and reclaim home court advantage.

After averaging a team-high 23.7 points per game over the first three games of the series, Joe Johnson scored just seven points on 2-of-7 shooting in Game 4.

Jon Presser, Contributor

The Raptors clamped down on defense down the stretch, and they kept Johnson in check using aggressive double teams to force the ball out of his hands. The Nets were unable to adjust, and a winnable game slipped away.

The Nets haven’t been overly reliant on any one player since they got back to their winning ways this year, but when Joe Johnson can’t get more than seven shots off, their offense takes a major hit. The Raptors had them discombobulated and completely off their game late in Game 4, and they can’t afford to let it happen again.

Brooklyn’s offense went ice cold in crunch time, as the Raptors had an answer defensively for everything the Nets threw at them. Dwane Casey pushed all the right buttons Sunday night, and now the onus is on Jason Kidd to make some adjustments.




2 comments
Straw18
Straw18

Toronto was smart and started doubling JJ and forcing others to hit shots. The problem for the Nets is their second unit is terrible....Anderson, Thornton, Kirilenko etc.....can't score. I think Kidd has no choice but to keep at least two starters in the game at all times.....The series is destined for 7 however if we can steal game 5 just as they did last night then the Nets will close it out in 6. But there has to be more passion from this team....they are being out played and out hustled.....no excuses

goat7
goat7

@Straw18  Agreed. They need to man up, and go get this next game. If Indy loses, the biggest threat is a team the Nets swept during the regular season. The opportunity is there for this team.