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The Nets backups understandably appear to be running out of gas. Now trail by 11.
Kemba Walker misses at the buzzer and the Bulls and Bobcats go to overtime. Third/Fourth seeds still up in the air.
Raptors up 20 in the first half on the Knicks. Still early, but if that result holds Toronto will clinch third seed.
Somehow this zombie Nets lineup is hanging with the Cavaliers. Down one with 2:44 left. Would be pretty funny if a seven-man team wins.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are in uniform and on the bench cheering on their teammates. Neither typically does that when not playing.
Sure, the Nets aren't playing to win, but that still doesn't mean they get the Raptors in the first round.
I mean, the Nets don't control their own destiny tonight. Falling into 6th guarantees them no one.
Alan Anderson is available tonight, but only on a limited basis because he's only just coming off an abdominal strain.
Kidd said Anderson will play "very little." Could see Blatche and Thornton get a LOT of shots tonight.
In other words, hard to see the Nets winning this one.
Gutierrez, Teague, Thornton, Blatche, Collins starting. Plumlee, Kirilenko, Anderson available off the bench. That's it.
So, basically (re: Nets), we still don't know anything. They'll either play 1 of the 2 days playoffs start against 1 of 2 teams we epexcted.
Was right about Saturday/Sunday for Raptors/Bulls, but was wrong about Nets getting Sunday 1 p.m. ABC slot. That went to San Antonio instead
The Toronto Raptors will host their Game 1 on Saturday, the Chicago Bulls will host theirs on Sunday, the NBA said.
Rule 6.08 (c). You learn something new everyday.
This will be only the 3rd DNP for Joe Johnson this season. Leads the team in games played.
Pray then Grind
The cop called Winston, and he said he had to go to baseball practice.
Shaquille O'Neal last night on Mason Plumlee: "He's ‘Plumdog Millionaire’ and he will be a star. He’s Joakim Noah-ish.”
Last regular season game in Cleveland tom finish strong
There's also the fact that most would expect the Nets to win that series, leaving Toronto with absolutely no pressure but to go out and play
... the backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan could give the Nets fits, as could their frontline. All 4 games were competitive this year
Yes, the Bulls are a pain in the neck for anyone to play, and Noah and Thibodeau are a tremendous combination. But ...
I'm going to say this now, too: all of this wishing for Toronto isn't necessarily the smartest thing in the world. The Raptors are good.
Joe Johnson said he's going to Cleveland.
Best way to describe Jason Kidd postgame: strangely defiant. Probably fact that it wasn't televised contributed.
"Fifth, sixth, same thing," Jason Kidd said.
Jason Kidd: "Fifth seed or sixth seed -- it doesn't matter."
Jason Kidd just said, "Fifth, sixth, same thing." Sounds like Nets won't mind at all if they finish sixth.
Kidd said they haven't made the decision yet on who will make the trip to Cleveland tomorrow.
Seventeen minutes later, Blatche hits his first FG of the game -- a corner three.
Knicks fans pointing at the scoreboard, Nets fans shouting "Playoffs!" back at them. TV Timeouts are waaaayyy too long.
There are way too many chants happening in here, including Nets fans chanting "J.R. loves us!" and J.R. Smith acknowledging them.
Loud "Let's Go Knicks!" chant breaking out in Barclays.
Some Nets fans chanting "Goodbye Melo."
Andray Blatche is 0-for-1 from the floor with 5 turnovers in 13 minutes.
Can we get a running clock ... straight to the playoffs?
If your theory is that the Nets are "tanking" to get the 6th seed and play the Raptors/Heat... Nah.
Nets can say what they want: They played four starters. They wanted to win and clinch 5th seed. About to enter final game with no clarity.
The Nets are playing far too many of their regulars to look this bad.
Joe Johnson for some reason threw a lob to Marcus Thornton. It ended with a writer's laptop getting smashed and coffee spilling everywhere.
That's 5 fouls for Paul Pierce with 8:02 left in the 3rd Q.
Mason Plumlee is going to be an easy choice for April rookie of the month.
Pretty dreadful half for the Nets, who trail 55-43 to the Carmelo-less Knicks.
This shouldn't be happening, but it is: Toure Murray (8 minutes) is outscoring Deron Williams (15 minutes).