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) so far, their smaller lineups are getting hammeredon the boards by the Raptors . In two games, the Raptors hold a 97-67 edge in rebounding. In Game 2, the disparity was extreme. The Raptors had as many offensive rebounds (19) as the Nets did on the defensive boards. That doesn't happen often.
The issue is easy to see: the Raptors are bigger, younger and more athletic upfront. So, the Nets will have to compensate in other areas.
"We know we’re a bigger team. We’re a more athletic team. So getting outrebounded by them is inexcusable," Patrick Patterson said. "We know that’s one area we’re better at and we can take advantage of."
Dwane Casey declined to call the Toronto edge dominant, perhaps out of fear that the "D" word would be splashed all over the tabloid back pages and shown flashing on sports websites.
"I wouldn’t call it a dominance," Casey said. "I call it taking advantage of certain situations."
Jason Kidd said he didn't see a big problem, particularly with Paul Pierce giving up so much size at PF.
''Paul's doing every right. The game of basketball is about making shots and sometimes you make them and sometimes you don't. So Paul, I think, has had two good games,'' Kidd said Wednesday on a conference call.
Meanwhile, the Raptors said they understood the Brooklyn crowd will be in high gear Friday night But at least one Raptor writer, Cathal Kelly dismissed the crowd, calling them, "a visiting collection of Park Slope arrivistes and yuppies that last heard 'The Blueprint' at a wine bar,". That conveniently dismisses those fans who live well beyond the hipster districts in the borough's vast expanse ... and form the biggest, loudest contingent of fans at Barclays. He'll learn.
- Rebounding Raptors taking advantage of smaller Nets - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Nets, Raptors look for edge ahead of Game 3 - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Who’s winning the 3 key Nets-Raptors guard matchups - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Kidd not worried about Pierce matchup vs Raptors - Brian Mahoney - AP
- Nets out-rebounded 97-67 in series by big, young Raptors - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Nets Dictating Play as the Raptors Rely on a Backup - Beckley Mason - New York Times
- 'Iso Joe' Johnson Transforms Into the Post Man - Alex Raskin - Wall Street Journal
- Nets Series Hinges on Three Points - Alex Raskin - Wall Street Journal
- Nets: Jason Kidd sticking to his game plan - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Brooklyn Nets fans ready to give it to Raptors, but Toronto coach wants to be wary of trash talk - Justin Tasch - New York Daily News
- Raptors’ bluster no worry to Brooklyn Nets - Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
- Justin Bieber's visit to Japan's controversial Yasukuni Shrine reignites anger - Marianne Garvey, Brian Niemetz & Lachlan Cartwright - New York Daily News
- Nets excited to return to 'the best fans' - Ohm Youngmisuk - ESPN New York
- Can Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson adjust to Landry Fields' D? - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Breakdown: Starters vs. bench - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- A challenge to Brooklyn: Stand up! - Brian Erni - SNY Nets
- Sometimes, randomness just stinks - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
Paul Pierce: Nets were 'a soft team' in Game 2 loss to Raptors - Royce Young - CBS Sports
- Kelly: Raptors in an Empire State of mind - Cathal Kelly - Toronto Globe & Mail
- Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan still has a long way to go in offensive development; Kevin Garnett talks trash - Eric Koreen - National Post
- Goodbye Manhattan, hello Brooklyn; Raptors-Nets should be a classic - Ryan Wolstat - Toronto Sun
- With Raptors-Nets, we still don't know what kind of series we have yet - Mike Ganter - Toronto Sun
- DeMar DeRozan’s ‘unconventional’ shooting could be Raptors’ difference-maker - Bruce Arthur - Toronto Star
- Raptors: Rob Ford, Drake, other celebs at NBA playoff games don’t distract Dwane Casey - Neil Davidson - Toronto Star