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Apr 15, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives past Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter in game two of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 15, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives past Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter in game two of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Nets will play their first home playoff game in four years. Not much went right for Brooklyn in Game 2 except Spencer Dinwiddie's 19-point effort.

But the Nets took back homecourt advantage with the split. In the playoffs, that's a huge achievement.

"We go back to Brooklyn," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. "The old story, if you would have told us before we're splitting here in Philly, I think we'd be happy. But I'm not pleased with the way we presented ourselves. We were below average, quite honestly."

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Sixers rout Nets, tie series 00:01:31
The 76ers responded to their Game 1 loss with by blowing out the Nets, 145-123, to even their series at 1-1

The Nets allowed 51 points in the third quarter en route to a 145-123 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Monday at Wells Fargo Center. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Despite trailing 65-64 at halftime, the 76ers started the third on a 21-2 run capped by a Ben Simmons basket that put Philadelphia up 86-66. Overall, the 76ers outscored Brooklyn 51-23, scoring the most points in a quarter in NBA playoff history.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Kenny Atkinson walked out of a quiet locker room and into a small press conference area with a handful of reporters. Brooklyn's head coach was in near tears having witnessed a gruesome right foot injury to his 24-year-old rising star and development poster boy, Caris LeVert. He did the best he could to answer questions, but they weren't really answers.

No timetables. No clue what was going to happen next for a kid who already endured three surgeries.

But then he finished with a powerful statement, a true testament showing how much he believes in his young prodigy.

"I just know Caris," he said, "like if anybody's coming back from this [it's him]. Knowing the human, the character, the person, the player … he'll come back from this."

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Nets take Game 1 from Sixers 00:02:06
Head coach Kenny Atkinson saw his Nets bench outscore the 76ers bench 59-26, as Brooklyn took the opener of their playoff series, 111-102.

The Nets took control late in the first quarter and held the lead the rest of the way, causing the boo-birds to rain down in Philly as Brooklyn upset the 76ers on Saturday, 111-102, to take Game 1. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game

1) Brooklyn used an incredible 20-1 run to take a 39-23 lead in the second quarter. After trailing by three, the Nets closed the first quarter on a 12-0 run over the final 2:30. The Sixers would get to within two in the third quarter, but that's as close as they'd get.

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The Brooklyn Nets were a pleasant surprise this season. Expected to finish out of the playoffs, Brooklyn managed a 14-game win improvement from the previous season and finished 42-40, earning the sixth seed in the East.

In their first playoff appearance in four years, the Nets will head down the New Jersey Turnpike to face the 51-31 Philadelphia 76ers. In the regular season, the Nets faced the Sixers in four games and split the season series 2-2. Just one of these games - a 123-110 Sixers win on March 28 - has featured Philadelphia's fully updated roster following the Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris in-season trades.

Can the upstart Nets make some noise in the playoffs? Here are some key factors to the Nets' first round playoff matchup.

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Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson yells to his team against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson yells to his team against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

Kenny Atkinson sat on a high stage in front of a large group of reporters and other basketball types. Behind him was a bright silhouette of the New York City skyline -- the highlight of Brooklyn's immaculate brand new practice facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He spoke confidently, yet humbly, having accepted his first job as a head coach after more than 14 years of playing professional basketball and more than 10 years of coaching.

Back in his home state, Atkinson told reporters, "Brooklyn is basketball."

Less than three years later, Brooklyn basketball is defined by the morals and values Atkinson has brought to the Nets. He preaches a team-first, blue-collar mentality that's helped blossom a culture. Egos are checked at the door.

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Jan 18, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) points during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 18, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) points during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Brooklyn Nets are all but back in the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2014-15. All that's really left to determine is who their opponent is going to be.

The Nets currently sit seventh in the Eastern Conference, up half a game against the eighth-seeded Miami Heat and behind half a game to the Detroit Pistons with six games to play. 

At the moment, they would face off against the Toronto Raptors in the first round, but with constantly shifting standings, the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks are potential adversaries too. Here's a look at which of the three teams makes for Brooklyn's best chance at an upset.

Tags: Philadelphia 76ers, Caris LeVert, D'Angelo Russell, DeMarre Carroll, Jarrett Allen, Milwaukee Bucks, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Toronto Raptors
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Mar 16, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 16, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Rudy Gobert added 23 points and 17 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Brooklyn Nets 114-98 on Saturday night.

Derrick Favors had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz. Jae Crowder and Ricky Rubio added 12 points apiece as Utah won its third straight game, holding Brooklyn to 35 percent shooting and finishing with a 65-44 advantage on rebounds.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points and D'Angelo Russell added 20 for Brooklyn. The Nets dropped their second in a row after winning four straight.

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For the Brooklyn Nets, the opening 24 minutes of their seven-game road trip went exceedingly well, perhaps even better than anticipated. It was the final 24 minutes that led to a disappointing loss in Oklahoma City.

Three nights after opening their season-long road trip by collapsing in the second half, the Nets hope to rebound Saturday night when they visit the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.

The Nets (36-34) head to Utah after sustaining a 108-96 loss at Oklahoma City in a game where they scored the first nine points and led by 17 with five minutes left in the second quarter. In the second half, the Nets were outscored 66-44 (30-10 in the paint), shot 35 percent and committed nine turnovers.

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Mar 13, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) steals the ball from Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City won 108-96. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports (Alonzo Adams)
Mar 13, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) steals the ball from Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City won 108-96. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports (Alonzo Adams)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook scored 31 points in his 26th triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-96 on Wednesday night.

Westbrook added 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the 130th triple-double of his career.

Paul George scored 25 points and Jerami Grant added 15 for the Thunder, who shot 49 percent in the second half. Oklahoma City has won three of four as it battles to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. >> Read more

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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond goes up for a shot against Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond goes up for a shot against Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 points and the Brooklyn Nets routed the Detroit Pistons 103-75 on Monday night to move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Allen Crabbe finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Rodions Kurucs scored 13 points, and Joe Harris and Caris LeVert each added 12 as the Nets took control early in the game and never let up.

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Mar 1, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) puts up a shot against Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 1, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) puts up a shot against Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

NEW YORK (AP) Kemba Walker scored 25 points, Jeremy Lamb added 22 and the Charlotte Hornets snapped a three-game skid Friday night with a 123-112 victory over the Brooklyn Nets to boost their playoff hopes.

The Hornets inched back ahead of Orlando for eighth place in the Eastern Conference and evened the season series with the sixth-place Nets to avoid giving Brooklyn that head-to-head tiebreaker if the teams finished with the same record.

Nicolas Batum had 17 points and Frank Kaminsky III re-emerged after sitting out the last four games to score 15. The Hornets put seven players in double figures and shot 53 percent from the field. >> Read More

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Feb 4, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill (3) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 4, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill (3) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Just last weekend, clutch baskets by D'Angelo Russell, and a timely block by Caris LeVert on Kemba Walker, helped the Brooklyn Nets escape with a dramatic win over the Charlotte Hornets.

It also left the Hornets infuriated with the officiating on the final sequence.

Two of the three meetings between the teams have been filled with drama and the season series will conclude Friday night when the Hornets visit the Nets.

The Nets are expected to a get a boost since Spencer Dinwiddie is set to return Friday. Dinwiddie has been out since Jan. 23 due to torn ligaments in his right thumb and practiced with Brooklyn's G-League team Thursday after coach Kenny Atkinson said he was close to returning. >> Read more

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Jan 14, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball in the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports  (Wendell Cruz)
Jan 14, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball in the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With 10:39 to go in the second quarter Friday, Caris LeVert entered the game for his first NBA action in nearly three months. Barclays Center rose to its feet, with a couple of his Nets teammates cheering along. What followed was a couple of stints that reminded Nets fans what they missed in LeVert, largely considered their best prospect earlier this season. 

But beyond this limited stretch in his first game back, LeVert's return means much more, a huge addition to a Brooklyn team that's fighting for its first postseason berth in a few years.

"I thought he looked good; he looked athletic," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said following Brooklyn's 125-106 loss to the Bulls. "He was active pushing the ball, getting downhill like he does, making passes."

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The Brooklyn Nets have been a pleasant surprise in the NBA this season. Seen as a team looking on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Nets find themselves in sixth place in the East (29-27), just a few hours before the NBA's trade deadline. 

The Nets' success has transformed them from a seller at the trade deadline to a possible buyer. Entering Monday's meeting, Brooklyn has gone 20-8 in its last 28 games and is fresh off of a successful January that saw the team post an 11-4 record and the fourth-best defensive rating (106.9 points allowed per 100 possessions) in the NBA.

The franchise has several paths it can pivot to as the deadline approaches...

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the second half at Amway Center. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the second half at Amway Center. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie underwent successful surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb, the team announced Monday.

The 25-year-old Dinwiddie, who is expected to miss 3-6 weeks, suffered the injury when he fell and landed on his right hand in Wednesday's win over the Orlando Magic.

Dr. Michelle Carlson performed the operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the team announced.

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Jan 23, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball against Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) and center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 23, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball against Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) and center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Just when things were finally looking up for the Nets, the team took a major blow before doing battle against a crosstown rival.

Brooklyn PG Spencer Dinwiddie will undergo surgery on Monday to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The recovery time is expected to be from three to six weeks.

Wojnarowski adds that Dinwiddie met with two specialists to evaluate the injury, and both recommended he undergo surgery. The 25-year-old previously had his thumb examined by one of the top hand specialists in the country as well, according to Fox Sports Radio's Caron Butler...

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