With a 2-1 series lead over the Toronto Raptors, the Brooklyn Nets have secured a spot in the driver’s seat once again. When tipoff of Game 4 rolls around on Sunday night, the Nets must play as though their season is on the line.
Although common sense dictates that every team would prefer a 3-1 advantage over a split series, a two game tie isn’t really something anyone ever fears. However, this particular series is different for Brooklyn.
As each of the first three contests in this opening round matchup have come down to the wire, it’s become clear that things could’ve easily played out much differently in favor of the Raptors. While the Nets are fortunate that they didn’t, they must put it upon themselves approach Game 4 with a must-win mentality.
If Brooklyn were to drop Game 4 at home, they would find themselves in a scenario that would have to favor the Raptors entering the back end of the series. The series would not only be tied and swing back to Toronto, but the Nets would be in a position where they’d be forced to win two of the final three games, with two of those games coming on the road.
There’s no doubt that this is a situation the Nets want to avoid at all costs, especially with the slim margin that Games 1-3 were decided by. As soon as they enter Barclays Center, they must convince themselves that ending the night without a win is not an option.
If not, they might regret it down the line.