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2014 Playoffs: Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors

Nets and Raptors meet for Game 5 in Toronto

It's unlikely Rihanna will be in the stands at the Air Canada Centre Wednesday night, but she and a lot of Nets fans will face a lot of anxiety in pivotal Game 5. The Nets must win two of the last three to advance to the second round and Miami.

Brooklyn is in must-win territory

After a spending spree of an offseason, the Nets were expected to thrive in pressure-filled games. Now, with game five on tap Wednesday night, they get their first shot at one. If they lose, it could be a fatal blow to their roller coaster season.

Past Game 5 Performances (2-2 tie) by Current Nets

Larry Flesher takes a look at past playoffs performances by the core Nets players in Game 5's where the series is tied at 2-2.

Nets laying the groundwork in Brooklyn

Howard Megdal, writing for Sports on Earth, says everyone should realize that, yes, it is a process, on the court and in the stands, that despite their short, 11-mile move across two rivers, the Brooklyn Nets are a brand new franchise in the NBA.

Johnson needs to be freed from Raptors' grasp

After averaging 23.7 points in his first three games, Joe Johnson came up with only seven points Sunday, the fewest he has scored in nearly two months. If the Nets are going to succeed, there will have to be adjustments ... and fast.

Was Ujiri's expletive spontaneous .. or cultural?

After Toronto GM Masai Ujiri was caught on tape uttering those famous two words, the first beginning with an "F", he apologized and seemed to suggest he got caught up in the moment. Did he?.

Do the Nets miss Brook Lopez?

The Nets two key big men off the bench, Mason Plumlee and Andray Blatche, have failed to perform through four games. The two's poor play makes Reed Wallach wonder if the Nets miss Brook Lopez.

NBA Playoffs Photo Gallery: Nets v. Raptors Game 4

A photo gallery from Sunday night's Game 4 playoff matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors.

Drake trolls KG on Instagram after Game 4

Rapper Drake, who is a Toronto Raptors celebrity ambassador, took to Instagram after Raptors Game 4 win over the Nets and trolled Kevin Garnett.

Michael K. Williams: "No Room for Sterling"

The Nets have chosen Michael K. Williams, Flatbush native and star of "The Wire" and "Boardwalk Empire," to announce the Nets starting lineups at Barclays Center. And Sunday night, Williams let the crowd know how he feels about Donald Sterling.

Nets fail to execute late in game, lose 87-79

The Raptors completely shut down the Nets offense in the fourth quarter. They scored only 12 points and lost the game 87-79. The series is now knotted up at 2-2.

NBA Playoffs 2nd Half Game Thread: Raptors at Nets

Score at the half: Raptors 51, Nets 44.

NBA Playoffs Game 4 Thread: Nets vs. Raptors, 7:00

The Brooklyn Nets welcome in the Toronto Raptors for Game 4 of their first round playoff matchup. The Nets lead the series 2-1.

Prokhorov: Same to you, pal

Although Mikhail Prokhorov was born in Moscow, his comment on Masai Ujiri's rant was pure Brooklyn, essentially telling Ujiri, "same to you pal." "I think maybe the best [response] is to say the same for Brooklyn's fans," he told Mike Mazzeo.

Brooklyn goes for the 3-1 series lead vs Toronto

Halfway home. Returning home after splitting the first two games in Toronto and in front of a raucous home crowd, the Nets were able to beat the Raptors and take the 2-1 lead in this best of seven series.

Pierce and KG think fans "could do better"

In comments at the Nets practice Saturday and in the locker room Friday night, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett said they believed the crowd at Barclays Center could have been louder, more hostile ... maybe more like Boston?

Photo Gallery: Nets vs. Raptors Game 3 in Brooklyn

Photographer Alex Paz was on hand for NetsDaily to capture the sights from Game 3 at Barclays Center between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors.

Ross unable to back up big mouth

Remember back in mid-March when Terrence Ross talked about the Nets and how he's like to meet them in the playoffs? He trashed KG and said "i want brooklyn personally." Well, he got them. So, how's he doing? 10 points on 19 percent shooting. Magical.

Nets vs. Raptors: Game 3 News, Notes and Quotes

The Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. Here are some notable news, notes and quotes from the game.

Video: Nets drop Raptors, take 2-1 series lead

Kevin Garnett has his own 'F--- Brooklyn!' moment

Kevin Garnett turned the hype machine all the way up during Game 3, when he dove for a loose ball and popped his jersey. It was a defining moment that really got Nets fans fueled for the playoffs.

Nets take a 2-1 series lead, beat Raptors at home

The Brooklyn Nets were happy to be home, where they beat the Toronto Raptors, 102-98, and took a 2-1 series lead.

2nd Half Game Thread: Nets vs. Raptors

The Brooklyn Nets lead the Toronto Raptors at halftime, 49-45, in Game 3 of their first round playoffs series.

NBA Playoffs Game 3 Thread: Nets vs. Raptors, 7:00

The Brooklyn Nets welcome the Toronto Raptors to town for Game 3 of their first round playoff series.

KG: Basketball is "like my spinal cord"

Lenn Robbins, the Nets' in-house reporter, spoke this week with Kevin Garnett. KG spent more time talking about the present and the future than the past.

Livingston (illness) expected to play in Game 3

Shaun Livingston (illness) did not participate in shootaround on Friday but he is expected to play in Game 3 against the Raptors.

Nets and Raptors come to Brooklyn tied at One.

Playoff basketball returns to Barclays Center Friday for the first time since the Bulls broke Brooklyn's heart in Game 7 of the first round last year. The Nets are a different team and their dominance at home should produce a better result.

Nets to go with 'White-out' theme for playoffs

A photo leaked via twitter clears the air that the Nets will no longer use a 'black out' theme similar to last year, but rather a 'white-out' in Brooklyn.

KG wants fans to respond to Ujiri taunt ... loudly

The game was still more than 24 hours away during Thursday's practice at the PNY Center, but Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Kidd were already anticipating a lot of noise at Barclays, where the Nets won 15 straight this year.

Lopez, without boot, puts up a few at practice

Rod Boone, easily the best videographer among the beats, shot an interesting piece of video Thursday at the Nets practice: Brook Lopez, three days after losing his boot, was firing up jumpers in his inimitable flat-footed style.

Prokhorov to attend Nets playoff games

NetsDaily has learned that Mikhail Prokhorov --and his basketball-savvy No. 2, Dmitry Razumov-- will be at Barclays Center for both Game 3 and 4, filling a promise he made fans that he would attend Nets playoff games.

Nets need to solve rebounding issue

Does "long ball" have its limits? While the Nets have played (reasonably) good defense and hold a 2-to-1 advantage in turnovers (37-18), their smaller lineups are getting hammered on the boards. In two games, Toronto holds a 97-67 edge in rebounding

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