Coming into this series, it seemed like the majority of people outside of Toronto were expecting an upset. Media members around the league picked the Brooklyn Nets. Our own people here at HoopsHabit largely picked the Nets. Brooklyn showed us why with a solid 94-87 victory on the road.
Joe Johnson and Deron Williams paced the Nets with 24 points each, with Johnson adding eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. The experience of the Nets showed late, as Paul Pierce made two clutch shots down the stretch, while Dwane Casey and the Raptors looked shaken and unsure of themselves in the waning moments.
Let’s look at some of the main takeaways from Game 1.