Raptors ready for street fight in Game 5 against Nets

Amir Johnson at Raptors practice on April 29. (Michael Peake, QMI AGENCY)

Amir Johnson at Raptors practice on April 29. (Michael Peake, QMI AGENCY)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:23 PM ET

Coming into this Eastern Conference quarter-final series, the focus was on the Nets’ abundant experience and the Raptors’ lack of same.

You don’t hear so much talk about that anymore.

As Raptors head coach Dwane Casey pointed out, there’s no realistic way the Raptors can close the experience gap, but four games into the series, any advantage that experience once provided the Nets has declined dramatically.

The reason is the Raps were basically starting from nothing on the experience scale. Sure, there was a smattering of NBA playoff games scattered throughout the Raptors roster, but finding anyone who had been in the thick of the action was all but impossible.

Four games in, though, has given every key member of the Raptors — with possibly the exception of Terrence Ross — enough time to get acclimated to playoff basketball.


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