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Game 81 - Nets vs. Bobcats - Monday, April 12, 7:30

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The Nets bid farewell--fond or not--to the building they've called home since 1981 on Monday night.  There are no closing ceremonies planned, other than a video presentation and a thank you to fans and the NJSEA.  At some point in the near future, the banners will come down and be trucked to Newark and the Prudential Center.  The Nets' next "home" game will be played in China when they and the Rockets will gather for a two-game exhibition series in October.  Still, Monday's game will not be without at least one great irony: Larry Brown will be coaching the Bobcats Monday in the arena's last game.  He coached the Nets in its first game.  Larry Brown...NBA bookend.

The Bobcats are unlikely to give the Nets a break.  Even if the Heat beat the Knicks Sunday, they will be only two games up on the 'Cats for sixth place with two games to go. So, hope remains for Charlotte.  If they win both their final two games--over the Nets and the Bulls--and the Heat lose theirs--to the Sixers and the Nets--the Bobcats will sneak into sixth. They own the tie-breaker, a 3-1 series advantage over Miami.  Speaking of advantages, the Nets hold a 2-1 advantage over the Bobcats.  Jarvis Hayes hopes to play but his ankle sprain could keep him out both the Bobcat and Heat games. Keyon Dooling (groin) is questionable.