Sunday, May 18, 2003

Nets ready to run vs. Pistons



The Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - With barely any time to celebrate following Friday night's series-clinching overtime victory at Philadelphia, the Pistons had no trouble getting motivated for the New Jersey Nets. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals is today (1:30 p.m., Chs. 9,2).

"There were some comments made about us from Richard Jefferson, something about us being overrated. Nobody has given us a chance all year," guard Chucky Atkins said.

The Nets, meanwhile, finished a sweep of Boston on Monday.

"They haven't had much rest," Nets forward Kenyon Martin said. "So we want to go up there and play our game. We want to go out there and impose our will on them. They want to play in the halfcourt. We want to run."

The Pistons countered by saying their team is deep, with Ben Wallace the only player to consistently log heavy minutes.

An interesting matchup is Martin vs. Wallace, two inside forces with similar styles. Wallace is the league's two-time defensive player of the year, but Martin did a great job against Boston's Antoine Walker.

"You just have to take it right at him," Martin said. "I think teams try to avoid him too much. If you avoid him, he's won."




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