Dealing with the likes of the Splash Brothers is difficult enough, particularly when the Warriors' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson total 48 points, as they did yesterday. But doing it while immersed in the controversy over Clippers owner Donald Sterling's reportedly racist remarks can't be easy.
So there's a part of Jason Kidd that empathizes with Clippers coach Doc Rivers, knowing it's got to be difficult to keep a laser-like focus on coaching his team in its playoff series against Golden State. "I thought Doc said it best," Kidd said. "His world was cluttered trying to keep it away from the team this time of year, and so I feel bad that they got to go through it. But basketball has to be played and Adam Silver, our commissioner, will take care of what needs to be done."
Before walking out to midcourt to introduce the Nets' starting five, actor Michael K. Williams, who played Omar in "The Wire," voiced his opinion about the situation, saying, "There's no place in the NBA for Donald Sterling.''Sideline view
Kidd is no stranger to the postseason, having played in 158 career playoff contests and winning a title with the Mavericks in 2011. But there's a difference between being able to control things as a player and sitting at the end of the bench with all eyes on you. "Trying to understand the adjustments to what the opponent is trying to do," Kidd said, "how can we get better, not dwell on some things that we just can't control, but just turning the page and trying to get better and understanding what our strengths are and try to play at those for 48 minutes."
Big Apple turnovers
Heading into Sunday night, the Nets ranked second among the 16 playoff teams in fewest turnovers per game, averaging 10.3 to trail only the Wizards, who are averaging 9.8 in their series against the Bulls. But they threw it away 16 times in their Game 4 loss, leading to 13 points by the Raptors. Deron Williams was one of the main culprits, finishing with five turnovers.
"We know tonight wasn't our best game offensively when you have 16 turnovers," Paul Pierce said. "Usually, when we play well, we are turning our opponent over more than we turn it over and we are making free throws at a high clip."