Linsanity begins as Lin has a breakout game in a win against the Nets, dropping 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. Lin has hardly been a factor in the NBA, and was even recently sent to the D-League. However, Coach D’Antoni gives him a chance to run the offense:
I had my doubts, but we just stayed with it and he has some of the qualities that we needed.
This night, it just hasn’t really sunk in yet to be honest. It’s like I’m still kind of in shock about everything that happened but I’m just trying to soak it all in right now.
James, Garnett, Irving, and Williams wear the black shirts with white text during the pre-game warmups for the Nets-Cavs clash, after Bulls guard Derrick Rose wore the same shirt in a Saturday pre-game warmup in solidarity for Garner. Nets guard Jarrett Jack, who played for the Cavs last season and says he supplied the Cavs players with the shirts after he heard James was looking for them:
I just heard people’s opinion on the topic, and I know [the Cavaliers] are on the road, this is the place where it happened, so if they wanted to be a part of the cause or make a statement without actually necessarily saying any words, I definitely extended the invitation…I know us as a team we’re gonna go out and try to make a stance and show that we’re a team that’s not with prejudice. We want to have tolerance for everybody.
The Nets sign Robinson to a 10-day contract.
The Nets beat the Pacers 111-106. Lopez has a double-double (24 points and 11 rebounds), Johnson scores 21 points. Hill scores 28 points for the Pacers. Coach Vogel:
We’ve got a game tomorrow night. There’s plenty of basketball still to be played.
It’s just a mentality, I guess, sense of urgency. Realizing we have a chance to make these playoffs and we’re just trying to make a push.
We’ve just got to bring it more and take away the loss and how bad it feels.
The Nets wins 100-98 against the Knicks. Williams scores 26 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, Lopez scores 18 points. Bargani scores 22 points, Early scores 14 points for the Knicks. Williams:
We’re just finding ways to win ballgames. We start off great and have some lulls. Tonight we had two, but at the end we buckled down and did what we had to do to win.
D-Will got a good look. He was being aggressive like he had been all night. I was right there around the rim and just tried to keep it alive.
It’s tough, but we kind of put ourselves in a hole earlier in the game, It wasn’t just that last play.
The Hawks win 131-99. Horford scores 20 points, Carroll scores 20 points, three rebounds. Bogdanovic scores 19 points for the Nets. Coach Budenholzer on Millsap’s injuries:
We’ll evaluate it and know more (Sunday) and Monday.
On referees no foul calls:
I thought he got ran over, but it was a loose ball and both guys were going after it.
I think the most important thing was the sense of urgency. It was good to see us moving the ball, doing the little things we were doing when we won 19 in a row.
They beat us. From start to finish. It was a good whipping. There’s nothing else that I can say. They dominated the game.
The Nets win 106-96. Brooke Lopez scores 32 points and nine rebounds, Williams scores a double-double (24 points and ten assists). Lillard scores 36 points and Leonard scores a double-double (17 points and 15 rebounds) for the TrailBlazers. Robin Lopez on his twin brother’s performance:
He’s a stubborn guy, No matter what people say about him, no matter what happens, he’s just going to stick with what he knows how to do. That’s what he’s been doing.
Well, it might have been a fluke.
We’re trying to close the door on those other teams and the only way you can do that is by winning.
The Hawks win 114-111. Horford scores 24 points and Scott scores 20 points and eight rebounds. Lopez scores a double-double (26 points and ten rebounds) and Williams has 14 assists for the Nets. Coach Budenholzer:
Brooklyn made a heck of a comeback. For our guys to keep their poise and to keep their composure and stay together and execute in some crucial moments on both ends of the court, that’s what you need going down the stretch.
No, not at all. Our focus (was) on this game, this team. We did a good job of that. We came out and we were ready to play.
Tonight they came out, hit us in the mouth early, but we just stayed with it. We fought, we clawed and that’s just the resilience that we have if we want to make it to that goal that we set for ourselves at the beginning of the season.
The Nets wins 117-80. Lopez scores 26 points and nine rebounds, Jack scores 14 points. For the Wizards, Beal scores 24 points and Gortat scores a double-double (21 points, 16 rebounds). Coach Hollins:
Well, if we don’t keep it going, we’ll be at home. If we keep it going we’ll be in the playoffs. We win out, we’re in. That’s the beauty of it. We’re not worried about anybody else.
I think it’s easy when we’re not playing out the net, allowing teams to shoot a high percentage. It allows us to flow that much better on the offensive end.
We’re trying to move up to get home court, but like I always say, it doesn’t matter if we have home court because it’s going to be tough regardless. It’s embarrasing because this is a playoff team that just flat-out beat us, and we can’t do that three games away from the playoffs.
The Bucks win 96-73. Ilyasova scores 21 points, O.J. Mayo scores 17 points, Antetokounmpo scores 13 points. Lopez scores a double-double (12 points and ten rebounds), Jack scores 11 points for the Nets. Antetokounmpo:
Our goal was to go to the playoffs, from Day One. Everybody believed in it. I started believing in it and we made it.
We have to forget about this one. We can’t even think about the next two games, we have to focus on this next one against Chicago. It’s as simple as that.
They do a good job of packing the paint. Showing our pick-and-roll didn’t really disrupt them in the lane.
The Hawks win 99-92. Korver scores 21 points, Carroll scores 17 points. Johnson scores 17 points, Lopez scores 17 points for the Nets. Atlanta leads East First Round Series 1-0. Millsap on his teammates:
It’s going to be tough to just blow teams out. It’s the playoffs. You expect them to hang in there and fight hard.
If you don’t believe you can play in this series, you should believe it now.
Johnson on the Nets’ loss:
This is going to be a tough series. This is one game. We’ve got to put it behind us.
On Hawks’ crowd boos:
It didn’t affect me. I pretty much expect it.
The Hawks win 96-91. Millsap scores 19 points, Horford scores a double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds) and Korver scores 17 points. Jack scores 23 points and Lopez scores 20 points for the Nets. Atlanta leads the East First Round Series 2-0.
We’re kind of playing on the edge right now…Once the game started, I was good.
We feel fortunate that we made just enough plays, just enough stops.
Jack on Nets loss:
All is not lost. Our confidence is high.
The Nets win 120-115. Williams scores 35 points, Lopez scores 26 points and 10 rebounds. Teague scores 20 points, 11 assists, Carroll scores 20 points and Korver scores 16 points,11 rebounds for the Hawks. The Nets are tied 2-2 in the East First Round Series.
Williams on Game 4:
We really needed to get this one to stay in the series. and so it was definitely one of my better games this year for sure and probably as a Net.
Coach Budenholzer on Hawks loss:
This is what the playoffs are all about. What we expect is to be challenged, and this is a great challenge for us.
Coach Hollins on Game 4 win:
What a basketball game that was. To me, that’s what playing this sport is all about.
The Hawks win 107-97. Carroll scores 24 points,Horford scores a double-double ( 20 points and 15 rebounds) Teague scores 20 points and Korver scores 17 points. Anderson scores 23 points and Johnson scores 18 points. Atlanta leads East First Round Series 3-2.
Carroll on Game 5 performance:
It’s the playoffs. You don’t have injuries in the playoffs.
The playoffs are a new season.
This was a game we really wanted to get.
Coach Hollins on Game 5 loss:
They knocked us back in the beginning. But we fought back.
The Hawks win 111-87. Millsap scores 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Korver scores 20 points and Carroll scores 20 points. Lopez scores 19 points for the Nets. Atlanta wins East First Round Series 4-2.
Carroll on wins Series:
We believe. and we believe that when we are playing the right way, as you seen tonight, we can beat anybody.
We didn’t play that well the first three games. I didn’t think we had our edge. I think coming here and losing two kind of woke of us.
Williams on Nets loss:
We wanted to make the playoffs. We did, and we thought we put up a great effort against this team that’s the best in the East.