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Yet he approaches the first playoff game of his life as if he’s been doing it forever, entirely confident, not at all intimidated and fully accepting of what’s to come when the Toronto Raptors face the Brooklyn Nets at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday afternoon. He’s heard the chatter and read the stories and been told the tales about how different it will be, how much more intense it will be, how some think he might cower from it. And he laughs. “I mean, it ain’t like it’s rocket science,” he said Thursday afternoon. “Everybody keeps talking to me like . . . it’s rocket science or I’ve got to know trigonometry or something. You just figure it out. You just go out there. “I’ve been playing this game long enough, I’ve been in the league long enough, been in a lot of situations. So it shouldn’t be hard.” Toronto Star

Bloomberg reports that Russian native Andrei Kirilenko is bringing five “Hooters” restaurants to Moscow. Kirilenko said “the biggest challenge will be overcoming the notion that it’s a strip bar.” ESPN.com

Andrei Kirilenko, the National Basketball Association player known as AK-47, is defying Russian antipathy toward U.S. brands by opening the country's first Hooters restaurant. Kirilenko, who plays for billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's Brooklyn Nets, said the first of five restaurants he plans to build in Moscow will open April 28 under a franchisee agreement with Hooters of America Inc., the chain best known for the skimpy tank tops worn by its waitresses. Sydney Morning Herald

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The Nets still don’t know if they’ll open the playoffs this weekend in Chicago or Toronto, but they understand that they will have the entire postseason spotlight for themselves, as Phil Jackson goes about the business of hiring a coach for the Knicks. So this might be the perfect time for the Nets, who host the Knicks at Barclays Center on Tuesday night, to add to their fan base. “I think it will be good for us to be the only team playing and all of the focus being on us, as far as the fans are concerned,’’ Deron Williams said. “I think that’s good for Brooklyn basketball and I think it’s good for our brand.” New York Daily News

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Tech Republic says Barclays Center "is considered the most connected stadium in the world" ... at least until the 49ers open their new stadium this summer. The technology magazine says that by doing things like improving Wi-Fi access and setting up special apps for the arena and team, Barclays and the Nets have created a standard others will have to meet. Reporter Teena Hamilton describes what you can find at the Brooklyn arena... An average of 4,000 to 5,000 fans accessing the 17,500-seat arena's Wi-Fi on any given night, and using the in-house team app to get instant replays and watch multiple camera angles on their mobile devices. Fans can also order drinks and food from their seats, and upgrade those seats as soon as they walk into the arena. NetsDaily

Deron Williams hosted 65 families of children affected by autism in luxury suites Friday, a way to give them a night on town. Williams, whose son is autistic, met with families post-game. Each child and his family was photographed with Williams and his wife Amy and provided a gift. It was part of a larger effort sponsored by D-Will's Point of Hope Foundation, Autism Speaks and the Nets. Autism Speaks lapel pins were worn by both teams’ coaching staff, Autism Speaks was honored on the scoreboard. Williams' Point of Hope is now focused on autism and he's an ambassador for Autism Speaks. NetsDaily

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With Miami down by one and time running out, Rashard Lewis somehow got a pass from underneath the basket to James, who rose as Plumlee jumped to contest the play. Replays showed Joe Johnson made some contact with James as he started his move and that Plumlee hit the four-time MVP's hand on the dunk try, but the Heat never got the call they wanted. "My initial thought was to just foul and make him earn it at the free-throw line," Plumlee said. That's precisely what the Heat thought he did. "He grabbed my right hand," James said. "He didn't do it on purpose, but he got my right hand." Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: "It was a foul from my vantage point. But what can you do?" ESPN.com

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Gilas Pilipinas is offering Blatche a chance to carry pride and glory to a loyal, basketball-loving nation. And he is not remiss in acknowledging this opportunity when asked about his current thoughts about the prospect of playing for the Philippines: “I am excited; this is something new. It is a blessing for this opportunity. Hopefully, I can share my talent in helping the Philippines.” NBA.com

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