Numbers preview: Raptors-Nets

By John Schuhmann,

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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — If there’s a first-round series that will help us determine the value of experience in the playoffs, it’s Toronto-Brooklyn.

The Nets have six players who have logged more than twice as many postseason minutes as anyone on the Raptors’ roster. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Jason Collins have all been to the conference finals or further.

But that won’t matter if the Nets aren’t able to slow down the Raptors’ top-10 offense, which they struggled to do in four regular-season meetings.

Here are some statistical nuggets regarding the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds in the Eastern Conference, as well as the four games they played against each other.

Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions

Toronto Raptors (48-34)

Pace: 94.4 (23)
OffRtg: 105.8 (9)
DefRtg: 102.4 (9)
NetRtg: +3.5 (9)

Overall: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
vs. Brooklyn: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups

Raptors notes:

Brooklyn Nets (44-38)

Pace: 93.7 (25)
OffRtg: 104.4 (14)
DefRtg: 104.9 (19)
NetRtg: -0.6 (17)

Overall: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
vs. Toronto: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups

Nets notes:

The matchup

Season series: 2-2 (1-1 in each location)
Pace: 92.5
TOR OffRtg: 107.0 (10th vs. BKN)
BKN OffRtg: 104.6 (9th vs. TOR)

Matchup notes:


  1. Slappy WIlson says:

    Next 2 games are critical. If Brooklyn wins both home games, the series is there’s. If Toronto steals one in Brooklyn, this thing is probably headed to a Game 7.

    Still gotta believe that Johnson and Pierce will rise up and will the Nets to victory when all is said and done. Pierce won’t miss open game-winners very often, and I think Kidd has learned that he needs to quit riding the bench so long and give more minutes to KG and Pierce.

  2. lbj says:

    Raps in 7. This will be a great series.

    For those who think Brooklyn will beat Miami in the playoffs because of the regular season series are lost souls lol. My question is, would you bet money and take BK over MIA???……. Nobody would. NNNNNNOOOOOOOBODY who is willing to give an honest answer.

    Raps have been the true dark horse all year. BK was expected to finish top 3, failed and now all of a sudden are considered the dark horse of the EAST??? I don’t think so folks. They are a team that finished lower than expected and have a crazy payroll. In my eyes unless they make it to at least to the eastern finals it was an epic fail.

    • drkenb says:

      I’d argue your point about Brooklyn beating Miami since the Nets took all 4 games from Miami this year.

      I do agree with you that the Nets are beau coup disappointment this year. They finished with a lot less wins than was predicted, they finished lower in the standings than was predicted, and I doubt anyone in their right mind thinks the Nets can go all the way this year. Just will not happen. And given the number of senior citizens populating the Nets bench this year, it will only go downhill from this point on unless they make some major personnel changes over the summer. Basically, management pulled out all the stops for this year only; if it doesn’t happen this year (it won’t) then its back to the drawing board and personnel changes in the off-season.

  3. Simon says:

    Although Raptors have their all star DeRozen, the tough Nets will not just give up without a fight , 1-1 going back to Brooklyn where the Nets dominated at home. Nets in 6. Besides , the Raptors would get killed in the second round by the Heat, why not let the Nets who’s 4-0 in the regular season against the Heat take down the defending champs ?

    • drkenb says:

      No, actually the Nets did NOT dominate at home – they split 1-1 with Toronto. (What the Nets did with other teams doesn’t matter much in this series.) The Nets are a very talented team albeit with a number of those talents being past their prime. Against a younger team in Toronto, age will be the deciding factor in what I think will be a 7-game series. And no, I am not putting any money down on this contest, but I’d give a slight edge to Toronto.

  4. jdub455 says:

    Hope the raptors win… I like the Heat’s chances against them as compared to the Nets who are more physical. But any of the two wud be dominated by the Heat. I’m just picking the easier one not bec the raptors are less in the talent category but due to inexperience. This team can score in bunches. So I think if the raps can weather the storm for the first three games of the series, they can beat the nets. They just have to run run & run. The key in this series is lowry’s leadership. Livingston is a solid defender and will matchup good against lowry. Derozan will get his points, ross may get his, but if lowry doesn’t, then this wud b a quick series…

  5. okc2014 says:

    Don’t be fooled by the ages of the Nets. Experience over youth in this series. Will be fun to watch.

  6. Jim says:

    The raptors are gonna run over the nets simply because of lowry and derozan.

  7. Shawneytee says:

    Raps are gonna get off to a slow start due to the jitters and excitement of the playoffs. Once that 4th q comes in the first game their gonna come back and take a close game. Once that happens its all momentum for the Raptors and Brooklyn wont be able to handle the home crowd of TORONTO. Raps in 5, take it at home.

  8. akeem says:

    Nets in 5. They have no back to backs, in which they were horrible. They will FINALLY have their whole team, minus Lopez. Then it’s off to Miami.

  9. PJ says:

    This preview is crazy Raptor biased. I like it! There’s a reason why the preview video is also a top 10 Raptors list. HA. NBA, meet the TORONTO RAPTORS. Apparently, we play someone before Miami. Raps in 5.

  10. Mike says:

    When this series is all said and done, Raptors fans will wonder why they even bothered to follow them all year. The Refs will hand the Nets the series. The vets will get all the calls. The league should have fined the Nets for the way they sandbagged the 6th seed. Shame on you Nets for wrecking the integrity of the game

    • RUFIOQUIN says:

      You’re delusional. Fined… integrity of the game…?? LOL. Coaches have been doing this for a long time. There’s nothing wrong with positioning yourself for the best path to the Finals. The Heat basically gave Indy the 1 spot by tanking at the end of the season ( as if LBJ ever needs rest ). The Heat knew it was most likely the Nets would end at 5, and the odds were that they would, but it just happened that it worked in the Nets favor. Now Miami gets the one team they haven’t beaten in over a year. Good luck Miami. :p

  11. Uncle Drew says:

    Go Raptors Go.

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  13. Anthony says:

    Nets has plenty of playoff experience, but will Coach Kidd’s lack of experience of being a playoff coach help the Nets win ?and will Coach Casey championship experience with the Mavericks help the Raptor’s lack there of playoff experience win? only time will tell.

  14. These 2 are the darkhorses in the East if you ask me. Young & energetic Raptors against oldies experienced Nets.
    Series ended 2-2 but on 1 occasion Nets really gave it away in the final seconds. I’m going with the Nets because I want to see Heat-Nets in the 2nd round! Guys like PP & KG are always fired up against LBJ & company 🙂

  15. RTV says:

    the Maple Laffs lost , now its time for the Raptors to step up as the team of Toronto

  16. jake s. says:

    gonna have to go with the raps in 7

  17. Ryan N. says:

    Nets will win in 6 because the refs won’t give the raptors any calls. The Nets will win with questionable everything. (circa Chris Webbers Sacramento Kings (2002 vs the Lakers)… you know what I mean.) Gotta keep one of the biggest States involved in the NBA playoffs as long as possible.

  18. moeg3000 says:

    The raptors must be paying fans to spam out these boards.

    Nets in 6

    Nets are too deep

  19. moeg3000 says:

    Seems like the Raptors are paying fans to spam the boards.

    Nets in 6.

    Toronto is on the come up..but maybe next year

    Brooklyn is hungry and we all know they were primed for this.

    KG rested throughout the season should tell you hes ready.

  20. kz says:

    Exciting in T.O!! Raps gotta find a way to stop Pierce, hes been a raptor killer in so many past games. I think raps young guns will just be too much for the wiley vets on bk.

  21. J. Charny says:

    Toronto will impress everyone and win the series. I followed this team all year. Time and time again they have beaten tough opponents and shown great character in crunch time. This team has lost so many games over the last 6 years and Derozen was apart of all of that. He is done missing shots in the 4th.They are also one of the deepest teams in the east so it is not just DeRozen and Lowry, Vasquez, Patrick P, Ross, and Valencuinas are all very capable. Vesquez especially. I think, however, that Amir Johnson is going to come up huge in this series. He will win them at least 2 games in the final seconds. He does it all the time. Watch for the pick and roll with Lowry!

  22. Michal says:

    Toronto Raptors are on the come up, and it’s going to show in this series. Experience is good, but what’s better is hard work, desire, and athleticism. The nets are in for a much tougher match than expected..Raptors in 6

  23. k says:

    Toronto cant handle the truth and Joe Johnson. Too much experience in Brooklyn, Toronto has Lowry and Derozan that can step it up thats about it. Nets also have a little boost of the bench as well. Raptors are making too much noise about making the playoffs lets see how they do against next level players like Pierce, Johnson and Williams

    • Al says:

      Making too much noise about making the playoffs? seriously? You don’t watch the Raptors post game interviews do you? Don’t say things you don’t know… Raps have been nothing but humble and don’t get too high on wins or too low on losses, even the playoffs.

  24. jeff says:

    the nets are in for a rude awakening when their old dusty bones can’t handle the energy and athleticism of the raptors. raps in 6 no doubbbt

  25. C'mon Man says:

    I think Toronto owes this nets franchise some vengeance yes? Just Giv’er RAPS!