Kidd not worried about Pierce matchup vs Raptors

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm •  Published: April 23, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Kidd never appears worries about anything, certainly not about someone like Paul Pierce.

Even if Pierce's matchup was completely one-sided in Toronto's favor in Game 2.

Pierce nearly had as many fouls as points. He couldn't get his shot to fall, couldn't keep his man off the boards, and the Raptors targeted the Pierce matchup as one they could exploit.

Yet Kidd is not concerned as his Brooklyn Nets prepare to host the Raptors in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Friday night.

"Paul's doing every right. The game of basketball is about making shots and sometimes you make them and sometimes you don't. So Paul, I think, has had two good games," Kidd said Wednesday on a conference call.

Pierce was sharp down the stretch in helping the Nets win the opener, but couldn't get it going Tuesday night in Toronto's 100-95 victory. He shot 2 for 11 and finished with seven points and six rebounds.

Worse for the Nets, the Raptors took of advantage of their size against a Nets team that plays Pierce as an undersized power forward. Toronto outrebounded Brooklyn 52-30, with power forwards Amir Johnson and Patrick Patterson combining for 28 points and 18 rebounds while making 13 of 19 shots.

Johnson said after the game that with Pierce playing the 4 spot, Raptors coach Dwane Casey told him to go to the glass every time on offense and defense.

"We understand we're a more athletic team than them. For us to get to the glass every single opportunity we have that presents itself is what we need to do," Patterson said Wednesday. "There shouldn't be a game in this series where we get outrebounded by them."

The Nets went to the small-ball lineup after center Brook Lopez was lost for the season with a broken foot in December, and it helped them turn around their season. With Pierce's outside shooting ability, it creates a matchup problem for bigger defenders, who usually prefer to play closer to the basket.

But it creates a different set of problems for the Nets against aggressive bigs like Toronto's, who quickly put Pierce into foul trouble that prevented him from ever getting into a rhythm Tuesday.

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