The Nets' 145-123 Game 2 loss against the 76ers on Monday night may not have been pretty, but they head back home to Brooklyn with a split series and a chance to capitalize on home-court advantage.
It is the first playoff basketball game in Brooklyn in four years, except this time there is a different look surrounding the team with young stars such as D'Angelo Russell at the helm.
"We're very excited," he said, per Greg Logan of Newsday. "I know the Barclays Center is going to be jumping. We're excited about getting back home and taking care of home court. The buzz around the city is what we need. We need that atmosphere. We need that intensity to be up like that."
The Nets certainly need some sort of boost after their Game 2 performance and head coach Kenny Atkinson knows his team cannot afford to have another night like that.
"It's the old story -- if you told us before that we would split in Philly, I think we'd be happy," he said after the game. "But I'm not pleased with the way we presented ourselves. We were below average quite honestly."
The Nets lost control of the game in the third quarter when they allowed 51 points to the Sixers and were never able to recover.
"I do think the first half gives me hope we can go toe-to-toe with these guys. One bad quarter. We have to flush it," said Atkinson. "One thing about the Brooklyn Nets, they've always bounced back and always responded after a game like this. I expect our guys to respond."