Nets players just can’t stop praising Toronto’s fans. When asked to reflect on their series versus the Raptors, both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett gave big props to the Air Canada Centre faithful.
“I want to give a shout out to Toronto the city,” Garnett said. “This has got to be one of the best places and best atmospheres I’ve played in in a long time. Paul and I were talking…about different places we’ve played and the passion, but this place was rocking, man. D-Will (Deron Williams) was shooting free throws (in the final minute) and our ears were ringing. Big shout to the Toronto Raptors, their fans and their city.”
Pierce echoed those sentiments.
“This is one of the best environments of basketball as far as road crowd, noise, enthusiasm,” he said. “...this is as tough as it gets. We knew were against not only 15,000 in the building, but the other 15,000 outside.”
That’s high praise coming from a couple veterans whose own team recently called out their fans for a lack of support thus far in the playoffs.
“Nets fans take note,” a tweet from the Nets official account said, “this is what a playoff crowd sounds like…set your DVR and take notes.”
That tweet irked a number of the Brooklyn faithful, but I’m sure they’ve forgiven the team after their clutch win up north yesterday.
Brooklyn now goes on to face the Heat in round 2. Brooklyn’s scrappy veteran squad went 4-0 against the Heat during the regular season, but that really doesn’t mean much at this point. I’ll take the Heat in 6.