- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Nets don’t just want to come back home with a split.
“We’re not satisfied,” Joe Johnson said Monday, a day before the Nets face the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. “Like I said, we took a game in Toronto, but we want to get another one.”
Just how difficult is it to start a series 2-0 on the road? Historically, road teams are just 27-90 (.231) in Game 2 of best-of-7 NBA playoff series when up 1-0, according to whowins.com.
“Since I’ve been in the playoffs I’ve only done it one time, so it’s a hard thing to do,” Paul Pierce said. “You’ve got to understand how hard it is to win in another building two times in a row in the playoffs. We’ve got to come with that mentality and nothing less.”
The Nets didn’t play their best basketball in Game 1. They shot just 4-for-24 from 3-point range, got outrebounded 45-37 and received only 16 points from their bench.
Both teams are going to make adjustments. It’s just a matter of who executes better.
“We know it's going to be tough but [if we play] 48 minutes and defensively and offensively we'll be fine,” Alan Anderson said.
Shaun Livingston would certainly like the Nets to take a stranglehold of the series.
“I think that’s what all the great teams strive to do,” Livingston said. “Again, that’s the mentality we should take into this Game 2. It’s not that we’re comfortable and all the pressure’s on them. I don’t necessarily believe that. It should still be a war and we should still go in with the killer instinct.”
Getting after it on D: Deron Williams likes the way the Nets have turned their season around defensively.
Communication has been key; so has their mentality of switching and getting steals.
“I think early in the season we didn’t have trust in that system, we were always second-guessing it and we weren’t in the right spots and helping each other,” Williams said. “Now we understand it. We know that it’s a big reason for our success, it makes us who we are, so we kinda pride ourselves on it.”
Line of the day: Mirza Teletovic when asked if he’s getting any sleep given that his wife just had twins? “Of course I am. I have like four nannies.”