Jason Kidd has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing officials following the Brooklyn Nets game five loss in their first round playoff series. The Nets are now of course facing elimination against the Toronto Raptors in game six, which is set to take place from the Barclays Center on Friday night in Brooklyn.
At this point, Kidd could probably care less about his hefty fine. When your team is on the ropes, that sort of thing will happen.
His first year on the sidelines could either get a big boost with a win tonight, or it could take a major hit if the Nets lose. Considering the team’s massive payroll and abundance of talent, it would be extremely disappointing for fans to see Brooklyn get bounced early. Especially when you consider that the Nets probably should have won game four, and maybe got screwed at the end of game five.
But what’s done is done. If any group can rebound and force a game seven, it’s the veteran players on the Nets. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have had their backs up against the wall on countless occasions during their careers. A game six at home is really a walk in the park for the hardened veterans.
As for the Nets chances, you have to like them in game six. But given Toronto’s huge home court advantage, a game seven on the road would be tough. The Raptors are young and fresh, while the Nets are getting older by the minute.