The Philadelphia 76ers came into their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets as clear favorites, but things have been more difficult for the 76ers than many anticipated, as they were routed in Game 1 and have had to scratch and claw for wins throughout the rest of the series.
Still, Philadelphia has managed to jump out to a 3-1 series lead thanks to a comeback win over the Nets in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon, and now, the Sixers will have a chance to close out the Nets at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night.
76ers guard J.J. Redick, who made a crucial three-pointer late in Game 4, illustrated what his team has to do to finish off Brooklyn in Game 5.
“My take coming in, knowing you’re gonna play a team that is gonna play hard, they’re gonna play desperate,” said Redick, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “We expect them to be at their best, so the mindset is that we have to be at our best to close them out.”
Redick had been very quiet in Game 4, missing eight of his first 10 shots until he buried a three-pointer to put the 76ers up by two points with under a minute to go.
He also had a huge performance in Game 3, dropping 26 points while making five three-pointers, and in Game 2, Redick totaled 17 points while going 7-of-12 from the floor.
In the series as a whole, the 34-year-old is averaging 14.3 points per game while shooting 40.4 percent from the floor and 40.7 percent from downtown.