On Monday night, the Brooklyn Nets will play their biggest game of the 2012-2013 NBA season.
The Nets are in an official “must-win” situation after having fallen down three games to one in their first-round playoff series with the Chicago Bulls. If Brooklyn fails to pull out the win in Game Five, their first season at the Barclays Center will come to an end.
The Bulls are set to visit the Nets on Monday night at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on TNT, but viewers can watch a free live stream online with TNT Overtime.
It looked like Brooklyn would knot up the series at 2-2, but the No.4 seed blew a 14-point lead with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Twelve straight points by Nate Robinson helped Chicago make the comeback and eventually get the eight-point win triple overtime.
Robinson will be asked to raise his level of play, once again. The backup guard will likely get the start in Game Five because Kirk Hinrich’s calf injury will keep him out of action. Robinson scored 34 points in the Bulls win on Saturday.
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Brooklyn is looking to forget about what happened over the weekend at focus on the task at hand.
"I mean, we know it should be 2-2, and you know the whole line of questioning would be totally different. But it's not, it's 3-1, and that's our fault and we've got to deal with it," Nets head coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "But we know how close it was to being 2-2 and a totally different scenario.
Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson all had big performances in Game Four. It was the Nets bench that hurt them the most, scoring just 24 points in the three overtimes.
Despite three straight losses in the series, the Nets are expected to remain alive. They are six-point favorites at most Las Vegas casinos.
Prediction: Brooklyn 87, Chicago 80