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Here are the so called expert predictions from ESPN

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Old 04-17-2014, 03:17 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Couple of key things:

Staying relaxed between now and the game, not getting hyped about Brooklyn tanking to meet us, letting the fans make all the hoopla about the playoffs, go about our practices with the feeling that these games are going to be even more fun to play than the regular season. Stay loose, don't spend our energy between now and the game, but turn it on when the game begins. Be ready, that BKN will start the game trying something to disrupt our focus. Stay calm when they do and it will boomerang back at them.

I hope Casey had the presence of mind to practice 1 1/2 hrs before the usual time today and another 1 1/2 earlier tomorrow to help normalize the early start time on Saturday.
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"Both head coaches have no play-off experience"
Ummmmm ya, I have heard so many times that Casey was second in command in Dallas...and they won a championship, and basically made the playoffs a number of times in the years leading up to that win....but no, Casey has no 'playoff experience'
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X-Factor: Backcourt Matchups

There are some fun wrinkles to this pairing, including Jason Kidd coaching sixth-seeded Brooklyn against third-seeded Toronto after being the point guard on the last Nets team to do battle with the Raptors in a No. 3 vs. No. 6 matchup.

In addition, the already enormous chip on Kyle Lowry's shoulder might get even bigger at the sight of Joe Johnson, the man who many feel occupied an All-Star spot that should have gone to Lowry this year.

But the real focal point of this duel will be in the backcourt, where Lowry and DeMar DeRozan's youth, athleticism and aggression could pose serious problems for Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston.

Brooklyn plays an unusual style, reliant on post-ups from its backcourt players as an offensive staple. Against the sturdy Lowry and rangy DeRozan, an inside-out attack might not be a great option for the Nets. Plus, the transition threat and triple-heavy perimeter attack led by Lowry and DeRozan could prove too much for their slower, less-athletic backcourt counterparts.

On the year, DeRozan and Lowry both averaged 22 points per game on 50 percent shooting against Brooklyn, per NBA.com.

If the Raptors can disrupt Brooklyn's post offense while creating scoring chances at the rim and from long range in transition, the Nets could be in serious trouble.

Over the course of the season, the Raptors posted a higher net rating than Brooklyn did. And even though the Nets have been everybody's second-half darling, Toronto's net rating of plus-3.9 after the All-Star break was still better than the plus-2.4 figure Brooklyn tallied, per NBA.com.

Toss in the disrespect Toronto feels after seeing Brooklyn mail in its final game in order to avoid a matchup with the Bulls, and you've got a recipe for a focused, angry, motivated Raptors team.

Prediction: Raptors in six.
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Old 04-17-2014, 05:53 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Ummmmm ya, I have heard so many times that Casey was second in command in Dallas...and they won a championship, and basically made the playoffs a number of times in the years leading up to that win....but no, Casey has no 'playoff experience'
I guess he meant as a head coach, but I thought the same.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:58 PM   #31 (permalink)
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This is a pretty sweet analysis. I'm always happy to see stats backing up what is said, but it's also pretty easy (and common) to cherry pick, so I don't know if it's that accurate in overall representation of the match up.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:21 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Another key aspect is the aggressiveness the playoffs bring. A lot of bumping and non calls, hard "playoff" fouls are gonna happen. I think guys like demar, and Ross won't be ready for the physicality.

We'll be needing TH and Hayes to throw the punches, cause our starters are too nice and won't get into alterations
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:47 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Interesting defensive stats, our defense has gotten worse each month since January.

Infographic: How well the Toronto Raptors defended the Brooklyn Nets | canada.com
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