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 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 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.