All games are the same, but circumstances make some bigger than others.
Wednesday's Nets game against the Raptors is one of them – especially after losing a 119:118 heartbreaker in Toronto on Saturday.
"I feel like it's an important game," Kenny Atkinson admitted. "They are all important, but it is one [that’s very important]"I said we are going to get the all-star break and get this win [Monday’s 106-105 victory at Indiana] and then trying to get some revenge on Toronto – a last-second defeat that was hard to swallow, a heavy pill to swallow. So [Monday’s victory] will give us a good swing when we go into this game. But [it’s an] important game for us. "
The last-second loss on Saturday came after the Nets fought their way back from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter, only to miss a potential win. They are happy about the chance to reward the defending champion and to start the All-Star break with a positive grade.
"A bit of both," said Caris LeVert, who had a career high of 37 points on Saturday. “We definitely want to win the All Star break. We know Toronto is one of the league's top teams last year, so we definitely want to play our best basketball. We just lost to these guys, so we definitely want to get them back. "
The Nets are 6:18 against victorious teams after losing six times in a row before winning Indiana. This win also threw a sobering 0: 9 defeat on the road against teams over 0.500.
Now they are looking for successive quality gains.
"The guys in the locker room want to keep the momentum going and win before the break and turn this wave into a nice little break," said Spencer Dinwiddie, who added that the nets are trying to turn Toronto around.
"This is definitely what it's about. It's not that this game determines the playoffs, so we're not going to put too much pressure on it. But you definitely want to win with a break, with momentum and a good game. And for everyone who go on vacation, it’s no better to put your feet in the sand after a nice win against a defeat. "
Kyrie Irving (right knee sprain) will miss the game on Wednesday.
Rodions Kurucs was back at the Brooklyn criminal court on Tuesday for a brief hearing on his assault charge.
The Latvian striker's lawyer, Alex Spiro, said the Brooklyn prosecutor's office presented him with a portfolio of new evidence Tuesday morning that he had not read before the hearing. Judge Quynda Santacroce has scheduled another hearing for March 30th.
– Andrew Denney contributed to this report