In talking with Joe and Evan Wednesday afternoon, Lionel Hollins said he didn't much of the Grizzlies - Pacers game, just checked the score online. But when it was over and the Nets made the playoffs, he knew he had someone to thank.
"I sent (Marc Gasol) a text this morning: I said, ‘Congrats, good luck in the playoffs, and thank you,'" Hollins told the WFAN hosts.
Then, Hollins talked about the issue at hand.
"We’re happy, excited to be in the playoffs," He told WFAN. "Now we’ve gotta prepare to go out there and do battle against the second best team, record-wise, in the NBA."
He dismissed the idea that there's more pressure on Atlanta.
"I don’t buy the notion that the pressure’s on them," Hollins said. "I think when you’re confident and you’re good, you want to go out there and win. Losing to us would be worse than us losing to them, but there’s as much pressure on us as on them because we want to win as well. So it will be that internal pressure that we’ll put on ourselves.
"They’ll have the same internal pressure because they want to win. But as far as the outside pressure — that they’re supposed to win and all this — I don’t think it’s as big a deal as people make. We have to go out there and play well. We have to figure out how to slow them down offensively and we’ve gotta figure out how to score against them."