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Pierce to teammates: From here, every game is Game 7

Paul Pierce has been telling teammates they need to treat every game from here on out as a Game 7 (Vasquez), something Joe Johnson quickly reiterated to reporters.

“We have to treat tomorrow like a Game 7,” Johnson told reporters in reference to Game 4 on Monday night.

“[Pierce] been the vocalist of this team for the pretty much the whole season,” Johnson added.

Brian Erni

The Nets certainly played with a sense of urgency on Saturday, and it got them a decisive victory. That’s the kind of intensity they have to bring the rest of the way. While the regular season was about staying fresh and gearing up for the playoffs, now is the time to make it all worth it.

Pierce and Garnett are obviously the vocal leaders of this team, and I think that’s a good thing. Even some of the highly paid veterans like Deron Williams and Joe Johnson are treading into uncharted territory here in the playoffs. To have Pierce and Garnett there to tell them when to peak, where to coast, and how to approach each game mentally is huge. Now, let’s see how it pays off on Monday. Miami will be hungry to head home with a chance to clinch, so Brooklyn will have the break out the heavy artillery to even this thing up.