Paul Pierce: Nets played ‘soft’ in Game 2

The Brooklyn Nets held an early fourth quarter lead in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series with the Toronto Raptors.  But they allowed Toronto to score 36 points and make 12-of-16 shots in the final quarter en route to a 100-95 loss.

Paul Pierce was frustrated with the Nets effort on defense and in the paint.

“I thought guys stuck to their man individually for the most part and didn’t help one another and that is the big part of our defense,” Pierce said, via “Sink and shrinking the floor, locking down the paint, tonight too many touches for them in the paint, too many paint points, and we didn’t rebound.

“We gave them everything they wanted, 50 points in the paint, and [19] offensive rebounds,” Pierce added. “We were a soft team tonight.”

The Nets were outrebounded 52-30 by the younger and more athletic Raptors, and they couldn’t stop DeMar DeRozan, who had 30 points, 17 in the fourth.

Kevin Garnett expects a rowdy crowd when the Nets return to Barclays for Games 3 and 4.

“We know it’s going to be a rowdy environment, like it should be,” Garnett said. “I don’t know if you can say ‘F Brooklyn’ and then come into Brooklyn. So we’re about to see what it’s like.”

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