Paul Pierce scored 9 clutch points in game 1, giving the Nets a game 1 win over the Raptors. In game 2, Paul Pierce struggled, but when the game was on the line. Pierce scored 6 points in the 4th, but missed two big three's that could have changed the outcome in game 2. With those misses, Pierce and the Nets dropped game 2, 100-95 in Toronto Tuesday night.
"I thought guys stuck to their man individually for the most part and didn't help one another and that is the big part of our defense," Pierce said. "Sink and shrinking the floor, locking down the paint, tonight too many touches for them in the paint, too many paint points, and we didn't rebound.
"We gave them everything they wanted, 40-50 points in the paint, and 20 offensive rebounds," Pierce added. "We were a soft team tonight."
I watched the game, and I noticed some of the things that Pierce called out. Andrei Kirilenko was a guy who did hustle, and who jumped on the floor for loose balls. The Nets did what they had to do by stealing homecourt in game 1. Despite the Nets losing by 5 against the Raptors in game 2. The Nets still have the edge over the young Raptors. KG had some things to say as well following the Nets loss.
"We know it's going to be a rowdy environment, like it should be," Garnett said. "I don't know if you can say 'F Brooklyn' and then come into Brooklyn. So we're about to see what it's like."
"I don't think we played our best basketball," Garnett said. "But on the road, a hostile environment, still having a chance to win, I'll take it."
KG's comment is because of Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri screaming "F--- Brooklyn!" at a Raptors pep rally before Game 1 on Saturday. Ujiri was fined $25,000 by the NBA for the F-Bomb.