EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Nets will begin what they hope will be a long playoff run Saturday afternoon in Toronto.
The team held a practice Friday in New Jersey to get ready for the series.
Last year, the Nets lost in seven games in the first round to the Bulls.
Since then, the team added some veteran players, and they hope that that experience will lead to a better result this time around.
"We have a lot of guys that have been to the playoffs, know what type of intensity, what type of mindset that you got to have for the most part," said Nets forward Paul Pierce. "But then, at the same time, we haven't been in a playoff setting as a group, too."
"You can talk about the difference in experience, but you got to be able to be put in that position to use it, so hopefully we can do that," said Nets head coach Jason Kidd.
"We brought in guys that have won championships, so they know what it's like to go through these types of situations and through these battles night in and night out," said Nets guard Deron Williams. "It definitely helps, but at the same time, this is a hungry team who's excited to be in the playoffs as well."
The Nets and Raptors split their four-game regular-season series this year.
Tip-off is at 12:30 p.m.