Notes from NBA TV’s Playoff Coverage – Tuesday, April 22, 2014: Raptors tie up the Nets 100-95 behind DeMar DeRozan’s 30 points



DeRozan is fast becoming a go to leader for the Raptors.  


NBA TV’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs continues Wednesday, April 23, with Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs (Game 2) at 8 p.m. ET



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Vince Cellini, Rick Fox and Sam Mitchell


Fox on the Toronto Raptors: The Toronto Raptors have been a good team all season long. They are a third seed for a reason. They can’t forget that. If they put the jitters aside and embrace the pressure, they can go out there and get their first win.”


Fox on the Nets’ decision to hire head coach Jason Kidd: “When you have a point guard that has been a coach on the floor over a 19-year career, and has the respect of his peers…it makes so much sense, especially for the Nets. [Kidd] is a guy that has taken them to The Finals two times. If he’s expressing interest in coaching, grab him now. We draft for potential in this league with players, why wouldn’t you do that with a coach?”


Mitchell on how Jason Kidd has grown into his job as Nets head coach: “He had a veteran basketball team…those guys know how to play. With [Kidd’s] basketball mind and understanding of the game, it was an easier fit. If it had been a rebuilding team like Philadelphia or Boston are now, that would have been difficult. It takes an experienced coach sometimes to go through the pain of losing…that’s tough to do when you’re a young coach…but if you look at the team he inherited, with all of these veterans and what he brings to the table, it’s a natural fit. Jason Kidd has grown into the job.”


Fox on to energy and youth of the Toronto Raptors: “I think the energy and the youth of the Raptors served them well for 82 games…now they have to bring that to the playoffs, get a little physical and use that pace and tempo to wear down these old guys [on the Brooklyn Nets].”
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Brooklyn Nets (95) at Toronto Raptors (100) – Series tied 1-1


Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Steve Smith (analyst) with Jared Greenberg (reporter)


Smith on Toronto guard Greivis Vasquez: “He’s a spark plug and is not afraid of the big moment. He loves playing the game.”


Smith on the defensive versatility of Nets guard Shaun Livingston: “Shaun Livingston is one of those players [Nets head coach] Jason Kidd talked about. He can put him on point guards, shooting guards or wing guys…he’s versatile.”


Smith on Toronto guard Greivis Vasquez: “He’s not fast, but he’s deceptive, crafty, drives the ball to the basket and has good size to finish at the rim.”


Smith on Nets power forward Mason Plumlee: “That’s a special treat…to have guys that can make plays like [Mason Plumlee].”


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Sprint Halftime Report
Cellini, Fox, Mitchell

Fox on the matchup between Nets power forward Paul Pierce and Raptors forward Patrick Patterson: “One of the bonuses in Jason Kidd’s season was finding veterans that are willing to switch positions. Paul Pierce moved to the power forward position and had that advantage offensively against a lot of power forwards defensively. What the chess move has been for [Raptors head coach Dwane] Casey in this series is to bring in Patrick Patterson, who is mobile enough to guard Paul Pierce and has added an offensive punch.”


Mitchell on the Raptors high number of turnovers: “You have to take care of the ball, especially in the playoffs. That ball is not gold…it’s platinum. The more you turn the ball over, the less opportunities you have to come down and score.”
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Smith on Nets point guard Shaun Livingston: “He’s given [head coach] Jason Kidd another ball handler. At 6’7”, he’s a beautiful defender and a guy that can make plays.”
Smith on Raptors forward Patrick Patterson: “You have to love his energy and the way he plays.”


Smith on Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan not joining the team huddle during a critical fourth quarter timeout: “You have to be in the huddle. That is unacceptable. He needs to join in and see what [head coach] Dwane Casey has to say. As the All-Star, he has to help some guys on the floor see what he sees when he’s on the bench.”


Smith on which Brooklyn star should be trusted to make a potential game-winning shot: “[Nets guard] Joe Johnson has really delivered the last two seasons. He is ‘Joe Cool’ when it comes down to it, but the Nets have [power forward] Paul Pierce, [center] Kevin Garnett and [point guard] Deron Williams…a lot of places to go if you’re [head coach] Jason Kidd.”
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Cellini, Fox, Mitchell


Mitchell on Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan: “When DeMar DeRozan is going north and south, he is as effective as any guard in this league. If they can keep him focused and make him understand he has a quickness and speed advantage against [Nets guard] Joe Johnson, he will put pressure on this Brooklyn defense.


Fox on what improvements need to be made by the Raptors before Game 3: “If Toronto is looking for improvement as they head out on the road to Brooklyn, where they are going to have to play even better than they did tonight, you can’t turn the ball over 20 times on the road. They got away with it tonight in Toronto. At the same time, they must control the boards as they did here.”


Mitchell on the Raptors: “This Toronto team is deep, resilient, big and athletic. They can score, rebound, defend and they have size.”


Fox on Raptors guard Kyle Lowry: “Kyle Lowry has been huge for them all season long in the fourth quarter. He hasn’t left his mark on this series yet…that is still yet to come. When the ball is in his hands he creates [opportunities] not only for himself, but for his teammates.”


Fox on the growth of the Toronto Raptors: “To go from the jitters they had in Game 1 to the way they kept their composure tonight…that’s growth. Now they have to have that composure away from home.”


Mitchell on the state of the Brooklyn Nets heading into Game 3: “There are a lot of things they have to clean up, but they have to be extremely pleased that they went into a difficult place to play, won one game and had a chance to come out of Toronto 2-0. Brooklyn should have a lot of confidence in the way they’re playing right now. They also know [Nets veterans] Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett can play better.”


Fox on Nets power forward Mason Plumlee: “The thrust you get from Mason Plumlee…you can’t recreate that with age. That’s just youth and energy. He’s been extremely effective.”

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