After a regular season sweep, Lionel Hollins held no illusions.
“I don’t think we have any advantages over the Hawks,” Hollins said of his eighth-seeded, 38-44 Brooklyn Nets on a conference call Thursday. “That’s why they’re 60-22 and that’s why we’re where we are.”
Sunday afternoon kicks off the third straight year in the playoffs for the Nets, but they’ll face their toughest task yet: the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks, who swept the Nets in the regular season, winning by an average margin of 17.3 points per game.
Safe to say the Nets are the underdogs. But how will the starters match up? What about the bench? Is there any chance the Nets pull off the upset? Let’s take a look.