Playoff inexperience doesn't faze Raptors

Raptors star DeMar DeRozan, eyeing the basket during practice yesterday at the ACC, concedes the...

Raptors star DeMar DeRozan, eyeing the basket during practice yesterday at the ACC, concedes the Nets have far more playoff experience, but says he and his teammates will "figure it out." (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

Experience.

Talk to 100 different basketball fans with a rooting interest in the Raptors-Nets first-round playoff series and chances are somewhere between 90 and 100 will tell you it’s the single biggest factor that will decide the series.

That is said, of course, now when the Raptors have so little of it and the Nets have so much.

But what about one game into the series? What about two games? Will the Nets’ vast experience advantage matter so much then?

It was downright funny, not to mention enlightening, to hear DeMar DeRozan deconstruct the whole experience disadvantage.

“I mean, it ain’t like it’s rocket science or nothing,” DeRozan said about the game of basketball in the post-season. “Everybody keeps talking to me like, bringing it up like it’s rocket science or I’ve got to know trigonometry or something. You just figure it out. You just go out there. I’ve been playing this game long enough, I’ve been in the league long enough."


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