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4/19/2014 10:02:33 AM
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The Toronto Raptors look to make the most of their first postseason appearance in six years when they face the Brooklyn Nets in their Eastern Conference first round series.

The action gets underway from the Air Canada Centre with Game 1 today, live on TSN and TSN Radio 1050 at Noon et/9am pt. You can also catch the post-game news conference live on TSN GO and TSN.ca. 

The Raptors are in the playoffs for the sixth time in franchise history and for the first time since 2007-08. They were able to fend off the Nets for an Atlantic Division title and captured the third seed in the East Conference, right behind the powerhouse Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat.

Toronto set a franchise record for wins this season with 48 and ended the regular season with nine wins in the last 12 games.

All-Star DeMar DeRozan had a strong season with an average of 22.7 points and recorded 22.0 ppg in his last seven games and ranked in the top 10 in scoring, minutes and made free throws this season.

Triple-double threat Kyle Lowry averaged 21.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds in his last 19 games played, and scored 20-plus points in 17 of the 27 games after the all-star break.

Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross and Amir Johnson all averaged more than 10 points per game in the regular season.

The Nets were one of the best teams in the NBA since the calendar turned and their .667 winning percentage in that time was the seventh-best in the league.  They've been in the playoffs in each of the last two years since moving to Brooklyn from the Garden State.

Brooklyn's frontcourt is one of the more experienced in the NBA with Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Garnett is making his 14th appearance in the playoffs, while Pierce (11) and Johnson (9) are right behind. Deron Williams is in the playoffs for a sixth time.

Pierce averaged 12.6 points before New Year's Day, and then the Nets won five in a row to start 2014. The Nets went 10-3 in January and closed the season with a 34-17 record.

The Nets were the only team the two-time defending champion Heat couldn't beat once and lost in seven games to the Chicago Bulls in last year's conference quarterfinals.

Game 2 in the series goes Tuesday night from the Air Canada Centre and can be seen on TSN or heard on TSN Radio 1050 at 7pm et/4pm pt.



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