Saturday, April 26, 2014
Kidd: We gotta 'stay hungry' in Game 4
By Mike Mazzeo
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Nets are in a solid position and will have a chance to take a 3-1 series lead over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.
But the Nets know they’re going to get the Raptors’ best in Game 4.
"We know they’re going to come out playing hard," Deron Williams said. "I mean, they fought to the end last night. We were up 15 with five minutes left, and we’ve got to do a better job of closing out games. But we know they’re going to come back and be ready to play. It’s kind of a must-win for them."
Nets coach Jason Kidd had his team watch film and get some jump shots up on Saturday.
"I think when you look at it, guys aren’t satisfied, so that’s always a good thing," Kidd said. "There might be a little disappointment in the sense we could’ve ended it a little earlier, but also, guys have to stay hungry and we have to continue to get better. Guys coming in today, getting their work done with more of a mental day and seeing if we can get better."
The series has definitely taken on a physical nature.
"It’s a dogfight out there," Shaun Livingston said. "Everybody is banged up and bruised up, but it’s not really time to feel sorry for anybody. We are trying to win a series, so we are going to do what we’ve got to do."
Said Williams: "I thought the refs let us play. I think there were a lot of calls on both sides where we thought we got fouled and we just had to play through them, and that's part of the playoffs. It's another level of intensity. Guys are grabbing, holding, fighting, clawing. It's just how it goes."
It would certainly behoove the Nets to put a complete 48-minute performance together.
Brooklyn is getting outrebounded by an average of 44-32 but has the advantage in turnovers forced, 19.7 to 10.3.
"It’s important to come out solid in the next game, to understand what our strategy is, to learn obviously from the last game, stay aggressive and understand that we’re playing at home," Kevin Garnett said.
• Livingston was asked about the alleged racist talk from Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Livingston was selected by the Clippers in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft and played the first three seasons of his career there before suffering a devastating knee injury.
"When you look at it, it’s probably disappointing to a lot of people," Livingston said. "When you look at what’s kind of gone on in the past [with him], it’s very unfortunate.
"I’ll definitely kind of pay attention to see what happens, because it’s going to put [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver in kind of a tough spot," Livingston added.
• Livingston (illness) says he feels better, though he’s sticking with his bread-and-water diet.
• Williams, reiterating what he’s said basically throughout his tenure with the Nets, noted that he needs to remain aggressive.
"At times, I can get complacent, just because we have so many weapons on this team," he said. "We're kind of an equal-opportunity team, so I've just got to remember to stay aggressive -- and my teammates are reminding me, coaches are reminding, so that's just what I'm going to keep doing."