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Nets trying to save season of high expectations, host Raptors in Game 6 on Friday

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, center, moves the ball past Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett, right, and Shaun Livingston (14) during the second half of Game 5 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Toronto, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, center, moves the ball past Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett, right, and Shaun Livingston (14) during the second half of Game 5 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Toronto, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)  (The Associated Press)

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were expected to bring a championship mentality to Brooklyn, providing the skills, savvy and swagger the Nets needed to make a lengthy playoff run.

It's hard to do all that from the bench.

That's where they were for the entire fourth quarter of a Game 5 loss to the Toronto Raptors that sent the Nets to the brink of an even quicker elimination than last year, which seemed unthinkable before the season with the All-Star roster they assembled.

Coach Jason Kidd says the Nets are only focused on Game 6 on Friday night.

Lose it, and the Nets can forget about a shot at the NBA champions. The Raptors would be the ones moving on to face Miami.

A Game 7 would be Sunday in Toronto.