A Sunday Evening Full of Stars: The NBA Playoffs At Barclays Center

April 28, 2014 -

Christopher Lavinio

After Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett called out a rather weak crowd entering game 3, the sold-out Barclays Center crowd came in with energy and passion on Sunday night. As the starting lineups were introduced by Michael K. Williams (Omar from the Wire), the fired-up Nets crowd chanted on their squad up 2-1 in the best of seven series against a young Toronto Raptors squad.


With the Nets getting off to a porous start to begin the game, Toronto came out firing, commanding a 35-22 lead after the first quarter. As it was one of the worst defensive quarters the Nets have played this year, the Jason Kidd led squad came out locked-in on defense to begin the second quarter, cutting the once 17-point lead down to 7 to close out the half.


As Brooklyn's own Barclays Center always entertains the hottest personalities in music, television, and all of entertainment, Game 4 Sunday was no different with a second straight appearance from Barbadian born and now, international pop star Rihanna. This time looking a bit less revealing than game 3, Rihanna sat just across the Brooklyn Nets bench cheering her favorite team on.


Of course, there is no greater fan at Barclays Center than Brooklyn native Jeffrey Gamblero. Spotted with his fiancé, (above) Gamblero is an energetic fan with a customized jersey and glasses, dancing to various tunes while cheering for the hometown Nets. Adding a different flavor of your casual Brooklyn Nets fan, Gamblero brings the energy and passion to the fans around him. Next time you're at a Nets game, be on the lookout for a dude in either a neon t-shirt or cammo rocking out to hip-hop classics.


After an early third quarter surge from the Brooklyn Nets, the inspired Toronto Raptors closed on a continued third quarter Nets run to eventually tie up the series at 2 a piece with an 87-79 victory. The Nets will head north of the border to face the Toronto Raptors in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Wednesday night.

Check out the full photo album from Sunday's game below.


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