“We’d like to make that excuse, obviously this is a learning experience. For a lot of us, this is our first time playing big minutes in the playoffs,” Netsd Spencer Dinwiddie said. “But we were right there [in Game 4]. We feel like we should’ve won. We weren’t saying this was a learning experience when we won Game 1. So we can’t fall back on that now. We need to try to pull off something incredible.”

By Sally Fahey

Winning in the NBA postseason isn’t easy.

Especially when you are coming up short in talent and experience — two pretty important elements.

Which adds up to the fact that the Nets are overmatched against the Sixers.

After rolling to an easy road win in Game 1, the Nets got routed in Games 2 and 3. Then they got their hearts broken in testy Game 4 loss that saw yet another Joel Embiid flagrant, Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler ejected and GM Sean Marks suspended and fined for going into the officials’ locker room. Dudley was also fined Sunday.

Now Marks will be suspended for their do-or-die game Tuesday in Philly, his Nets facing elimination with tall odds stacked against them. But they did enough in Game 4 to give them hope of getting a win in Game 5.

“Definitely so. We came out here we played our hardest, and I know we came up short but there’s a lot of things we can improve on,” Jarrett Allen said. “There’s a lot of mistakes we made out there, a lot of little mistakes, and if we fix those, I think we can take it.”

The Nets made a host of mistakes late, taking a 101-94 lead with 5:20 left only to let the Sixers close the game on an 18-7 run.

“We got a little out of sorts had a few turnovers,” coach Kenny Atkinson said.

Five turnovers to be exact, along with 3-of-8 shooting as they were undone by the 76ers’ length and their own inexperience.

“It was a little bit of both,” Allen said. “On the court at the end of the game I think it was almost all of our first playoffs, except for Joe [Harris], so it’s kind of tough for us. Not tough, but we need to be better in the end of the games, especially in the playoffs when we know it’s going to be more difficult than the regular season.”



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