Sunday, April 14, 2013
W2W4: Nets at Raptors
By Mike Mazzeo
The Brooklyn Nets play their final road game of the regular season on Sunday afternoon in Toronto. Tipoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.; here's what we'll be watching for:
STILL ALIVE: Even though the Nets (47-32, 23-17 road) clinched the No. 4 spot Friday night, they can move up to third if they win out and the Indiana Pacers (49-30) lose out. Brooklyn has won four in a row.
The Nets, who won their first three meetings with Toronto, haven't swept the Raptors (31-48) since 2002-03. Brooklyn is 29-4 against sub-.500 teams.
WILL THEY PLAY? Deron Williams (knee) and Joe Johnson (heel, though he looks healthy) said they don't want to sit if the No. 3 seed is still within reach. Makes sense. They want to avoid the defending champion Miami Heat as long as possible. Still, Williams is banged up and limped off the court after Friday night's game. Gerald Wallace (Leg) didn't play Friday night. It'll be interesting to see who plays and who doesn't.
INSIDE-OUTSIDE: During Brooklyn's four-game winning streak, Williams is averaging 26.3 points and 9.0 assists. Brook Lopez is averaging 23.3 points over that span.