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Where: Game 5 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto.
When: Thursday May 1, 00:30 BST
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The Toronto Raptors host the Brooklyn Nets in Game 5 of their first round playoff series on Wednesday night having regained home-court advantage in this tight match-up between two battling teams.
Raptors coach Dwane Casey has urged his players to guard against complacency and over-confidence as they appear to have overcome their initial playoff nerves and have put themselves back in a strong position.
DeMar DeRozan in particular has impressed after averaging 28 points since his disappointing post-season debut in Game 1, and he has claimed that Toronto will continue to go into these games as the underdog and scrap for every point.
Team-mate Amir Johnson echoed his sentiment by claiming that the team want people to doubt them so that they can continue to prove them wrong, but coach Casey will have to improve their third quarter showings which have been a particular weakness so far.
In addition, both teams have battled with turnover problems but having had two days off between games they should have had time to work on the details while both teams hope to have a full roster available for selection.
This series has been dominated by the conversation regarding the tempo, and the Raptors will be aware that they must continue to push the ball hard against a veteran outfit like the Nets, who have looked to slow things down and use their experience in key situations.
Brooklyn will need the likes of Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson to step up as they did in Game 1 in Toronto, but with a raucous crowd backing the hosts, they will be aware that it won’t be an easy task as ultimately they want a close-out game back in Brooklyn in Game 6.