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When you hear media and players citing "this is a new season" in reference to the playoffs, it's partially because the game itself takes on a new strategy.
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Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.
Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson during the second half of Game 2 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Toronto.
In a matter of days, the Brooklyn Nets have been called " Dinosaurs ," they've heard their opponent's GM shout a profanity at their home borough , have heard that the NBA conspired to give them Game 1 and, now, they're being called "soft."
Tim Leiweke said, “We're made,” and he hustled across the court to embrace Jimmy Goldstein.
Here's audio from Amir Johnson, DeMar DeRozan, Deron Williams and Dwane Casey after Toronto won Game 2 of their first round series against Brooklyn.
The third quarter just ended up in Toronto, and Rob Ford, Drake and the Raptors are down 66-64.
Raptors head coach Dwane Casey saw plenty of first-game jitters from players with much more time in the league than Valanciunas had on Saturday.
The slow pace of Toronto's first-round playoff series against Brooklyn, with two days off between each of the first three games, isn't really to DeRozan's liking.
Deron Williams, left, driving on the Raptors' Amir Johnson during a strong Game 1 performance by the Nets' point guard.
Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce is fouled by Toronto Raptors' Amir Johnson as Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas looks on in Toronto, Saturday, April 19, 2014.
So here they were, nearing the end of an afternoon that was more an obstacle course from the old "Superstars" competition than a playoff basketball game, a fervid and fevered crowd crushing them, the Air Canada Centre shot clock crashing on them, the opposing general manager cursing them Here they were: Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and the roughly ... (more)
Mar 10, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce reacts after hitting a three-point shot in front of Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry late in the fourth quarter at the Barclays Center.
On Saturday afternoon, less than three years after winning an unlikely championship together in Dallas, Dwane Casey and Jason Kidd will sit on opposite ends of the Air Canada Centre sideline, getting set to make their postseason debut as head coaches.