Paul Pierce Predicts Nets-Raptors Series Will Go 7 Games 'Without a Doubt'

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2014

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Paul Pierce doesn't sound too worried about his Brooklyn Nets being down 3-2 to the Toronto Raptors.

Following the Nets' 115-113 loss on Wednesday, Pierce fielded questions from the media at the Air Canada Centre.

ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk shared Pierce's optimism:

When asked if Brooklyn can win two straight games to advance to the next round, Pierce displayed the kind of confidence the Nets need in order to win two straight games and climb out of their current hole down 3-2 in this best-of-seven series. 

'Without a doubt,' Pierce said in the visitors’ locker room at the Air Canada Centre. 'One game at a time, we got to take care of home. I think we will play better on Friday at home and we’ll see them back here Sunday.'

Pierce has reason to be confident. The Nets' home record of 28-13 was the eighth-best in the league, and they were better on both ends of the floor at the Barclays Center:

Brooklyn Nets in 2013-14
Points ScoredPoints Allowed

Of course, that doesn't mean Brooklyn's guaranteed to win Game 6 on Friday. After all, they dropped Game 4 at home, and if these playoffs have taught us anything, it's that home-court advantage may actually be a disadvantage in 2014.

If they aren't able to protect their home floor, or even if they lose Game 7 in Toronto, Youngmisuk thinks big changes could be afoot:

So much can happen with the Nets if their season ends in Brooklyn on Friday. You never know, it could end up being Garnett’s and Pierce’s last game as Nets. Ownership may want to make changes after a season that fell well short of expectations. Management could try to trade some of the bigger contracts if possible. 

The Nets had the biggest payroll in the NBA this season. A first-round exit wouldn't just be classified as a disappointment. Based on preseason expectations, it could go down as a disaster.

If Pierce is proven right, though, we won't have to talk about that yet.


Andy Bailey covers the NBA as Bleacher Report.