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Thursday NBA Playoff previews: Nets, Blazers have lots of questions to answer

May 8, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Ray Allen Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Ray Allen

Wednesday night both teams down in the series evened it up, does that trend continue? And do we finally get a close game in Round 2? Lots of questions for Thursday night.

Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat (Heat lead series 1-0). What does Brooklyn need to do differently in Game 2 compared to the second half of Game 1? Almost everything. They need to defend the three ball better. They need to find a way to keep LeBron James and Dwyane Wade from living in the paint. They need to grab some offensive rebounds. They need to make sure Heat role players such as Ray Allen are held in check (Allen had 19 in Game 1). They need to get Kevin Garnett (zero points in Game 1) and Paul Pierce (8) going. Deron Williams has to have a better game. That’s not a complete list, but that should be enough to keep Jason Kidd busy for 24 hours. Expect the Nets to play better and answer some of those questions, but will that be enough?
—Kurt Helin

Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs (Spurs lead series 1-0). How did Terry Stotts spend his off day? Did he plot ways to free his suddenly blanketed shooters, especially LaMarcus Aldridge? Did he scout Aron Baynes? Did he devise a defensive gameplan that includes Nicolas Batum on Tony Parker? There are so many issues for Portland to fix in such a short time. Meanwhile, after San Antonio’s 24-point win, Gregg Popovich can work on luxuries — like getting Manu Ginobili following an 0-for-6 Game 1. 
—Dan Feldman

 

  1. Zammael - May 8, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    GINOBILI!!!!

  2. fanofthegame79 - May 8, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    I think both the Heat and the Spurs go up 2-0 in their series tonight.

    • vapor54 - May 8, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      Spurs /Blazers game 2 will be closer than gm1

      • packergator - May 8, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        Probably, but how much tighter? I think it’s the Heat-Nets game that will be within one possession with less than a minute to go tonight.

      • vapor54 - May 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        blazers game under 10 point difference

        I don’t have a good feeling about the Nets

  3. reesesteel23 - May 8, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    The Nets need Jesus

  4. jzone954 - May 8, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    ^ we all need Jesus, and I think it will be a tight game between the blaze and spurs. I also think tonight is Brooklyn’s game 7 and will play like it. If they loose tonight series is over. The fact the Miami came out that strong after that long of rest, is not a good sign for the Nets. Make mistake. These guys see and can taste the 3 peat right infront of them.

  5. bknowledge - May 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Nets are in trouble.
    I would try starting Kirilenko and having him guard Wade.
    I might start Joe J on the bench playing with the second unit, but finishing the game with the starters.
    The Nets bench got killed in game 1.
    If the Nets had Brook and played him with the bench unit as the offensive focal point (like Jamal Crawford) they would stand a better chance.
    Nets have to pray they make shots and Miami misses shots.

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