The Nets lost a close battle in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs, dropping a 100-95 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Toronto and tying the series at one game apiece.
But in a five-point road loss, it couldn’t all be bad, and there was one constant good sign throughout: the Nets forced turnover after turnover, totaling 21 Raptors turnovers on 93 possessions.
That’s two more turnovers than they forced in Game 1 in the same amount of possessions, but many of Toronto’s turnovers were unforced errors in Game 1: Tuesday night, the Nets got their hands on the ball “low” often, slapping the ball out of Raptors’ players hands when they went up for shots and passes, and getting in the passing lane to disrupt Raptors possessions.
That’s a testament to Brooklyn’s “active hands” mantra in the new year, the mantra that’s led to their league-best opposing turnover percentage in 2014.
The 21 turnovers led to 17 points for the Nets, which they’ll take, but since many turnovers lead to fast-break opportunities, the Nets will want to improve on that ratio Friday night.