The game was close early in the second quarter when the Brooklyn Nets own twitter feed took slap at Nets fans.
#Nets fans take note- this is what a playoff crowd sounds like..set your DVD and take notes #RAPTORSvNETS - LR— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) May 1, 2014
The tweet seemed to suggest that the team, or at least its in-house beat writer Lenn Robbins (LR in the tweet), are disappointed in the team's fans. As Bleacher Report wrote, the team's official Twitter account "took it out on the fans."
The Toronto Sun's Ryan Wolstat took note as well.
It got so bad that Brooklyn’s own Twitter account called out the unimpressive fans at Barclays Center.
"Nets fans take note- this is what a playoff crowd sounds like..set your DVD and take notes," read the tweet. Ouch.
And the Raptors official twitter feed endorsed it as "Tweet of the Night."
One team executive, assistant GM Bobby Marks, was quick to respond.
@BrooklynNets all I know is that the Nets have great fans. Stop comparing the Nets fans to what other teams do.— Bobby Marks (@jakecooper) May 1, 2014
And the team's most enthusiastic fans, the Brooklyn Brigade, angrily noted that they had been hassled and harassed by Barclays Center employees.
"@Jengabcel: @BrooklynNets PLEASE TAKE NOTE: don't take our signs away and let raptor fans KEEP theirs pic.twitter.com/VHlpUFL4mt" @LennRobbins— The Brooklyn Brigade (@TheBklynBrigade) May 1, 2014
.@BrooklynNets so next time we get harrassed by ushers for standing up & cheering loudly, can we just tell em @LennRobbins gave permission?— The Brooklyn Brigade (@TheBklynBrigade) May 1, 2014
Other fans expressed similar feelings at what they saw as a gratuitous slap at fans, as did we.
Whoever does the @BrooklynNets account when Lenn Robbins doesn't should wrest the keyboard away from him.— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) May 1, 2014
Robbins expressed similar feelings before the game. In his personal twitter account, he noted that the Raptor fans have been "better."
Welcome to Air Canada Centre for pivotal Game 5..got to give it to fans here..they've been louder, prouder, better #RAPTORSvNETS— Lenn Robbins (@LennRobbins) April 30, 2014
Of course, the solution may be for the team not to get down so fast next time.
- Brooklyn Nets' Official Twitter Mocks Own Fans' Enthusiasm - Tristan Thornburgh - Bleacher Report
- Brooklyn Nets Twitter account rips own fans during Raptors game - Ian Power - New York Daily News
- Nets Fans Upset With Twitter Account After Reporter Calls Them Out - WCBS