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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Truth: Time for a Nets breakout

By Mike Mazzeo

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Nets have yet to play their best game against the Toronto Raptors. But Paul Pierce thinks it’s going to happen in Game 4.

“Well we know we haven’t played our best game yet,” Pierce said before Sunday’s morning shootaround. “So being on our homecourt, we know we gotta protect our homecourt. I just got a feeling that our best game has yet to come. After three games, we know what they’re doing and they know what we’re doing, so it’s time for us to have a breakout game, and I think this is gonna be it."

The Nets lead the series 2-1. They can move one step away from advancing to the second round on Sunday night.

Brooklyn has shot just 26.5 percent from 3-point range in the series, while getting outrebounded by an average of 44-32. The Nets nearly blew a 15-point lead with five minutes left in Game 3.

“I definitely feel we have another level we can go up to,” Deron Williams said. “Definitely on both ends of the floor. I don’t think we’ve really shot well as a team yet, so it would be nice to have one of those games.”

• Pierce addressed Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist remarks, saying he was “real shocked” when he heard the audio recording between Sterling and his girl friend.

“... The NBA is definitely gonna take action,” Pierce said. “I know commissioner Adam Silver is gonna have a hand in it. I don’t think there’s a place in the game for things like this, for owners like this.”

Williams said Sterling’s comments were “unfortunate and in bad taste.”