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Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd criticized the officiating of the Eastern Conference first round series during a conference call Thursday, saying its "kind of mind-boggling" that Joe Johnson got so few foul calls in Wednesdays Game 5 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Todd Frazier Jersey . "If flopping is the way to go, then we have to maybe play that game," Kidd said. "But Joe is a strong individual and unfortunately, he doesnt flop. He plays and he doesnt complain. But thats why we have officials, for them to make calls." Johnsons only free-throw attempt came on a three-point play late in the fourth quarter that was part of an 8-0 run. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan got to the free throw line a combined 23 times on Wednesday night. Kidd even called out official Tom Washingtons non-call in the final seconds of Wednesdays loss, when Shaun Livingston and DeRozan collided going for a rebound. No foul was called on the play. "I thought Shaun made a heck of a play to come up with the rebound and get fouled right in front of (referee) Tom Washington, but no call was made," Kidd said. "And Dray (Andray Blatche) came up with the ball and his intention was to get the ball to Deron (Williams), who was wide open, and it just didnt work out." Asked what the Nets could do better defensively against the hot hand of Lowry as they head home for Game 6, Kidd said they needed to slow him down. "Hes knocking down shots, hes getting into the paint, hes finding open guys and hes playing at a very high level,” said Kidd. “We have to make it a little bit tougher on him." Lowry poured in 36 points in Wednesdays victory that gave the Raptors a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series. Game 6 goes Friday night in Brooklyn. Watch the action unfold live on TSN at 7pm et/4pm pt. Noah Syndergaard Mets Jersey .ca. In addition to the game being aired in its entirety on CTV Two Vancouver Island and, TSN2 will also have coverage of Whitecaps FC immediately following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Toyota Owners 400. Noah Syndergaard Jersey . Browns advice worked. Irving scored 20 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, and Cleveland defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 88-82 Saturday night. Irving made his first shot of the night on a layup a little over three minutes into the game. . Torres tells Spanish daily AS "in football you never know where you will be inside one month. Im going to work hard, thats all you can do with this last part of the season so important.Sam Allardyce has urged Sunderland to produce their best performance of the season in the Tyne-Wear derby, which he has labelled the biggest in its history. The Black Cats face fiercest rivals Newcastle at St James Park on Super Sunday - live on Sky Sports 1 from 12.30pm - with both sides battling for Premier League survival. Only a point separates Sunderland in 17th and Newcastle in 19th and Allardyce said: I dont think theres been a Newcastle-Sunderland derby as big as this one for the wrong reasons. We shouldnt be associated with being at the bottom, but we are, so it makes it even bigger. The three points at stake are going to be massive to whoever wins the game. Sunderlands super six How Sunderland have dominated Newcastle It is a long time coming for us because of the weekend free we had last week, we didnt want it, but we had to cope with it and hopefully the players will be ready physically, mentally and tactically to go out and produce one of the best performances of the season to win it. The three points, to whichever side gets it, puts them in a really good position to try and get safe with only eight games left to go.This is as big a derby as any other in this country. You can say when Manchester United and Manchester City are at the top of the league thats the biggest derby of the season, but it isnt any bigger than this one. Allardyce has challenged his Sunderland team to perform This area, people live for their football week-in week-out, they want to see their team win and when they play their local rival they want to see them win that one. Mike Piazza Jersey. Theres a massive atmosphere and the players have to enjoy it, absorb that atmosphere and hope it brings the best out of them.Allardyce took the time to play down his long-standing feud with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, having previously been involved in a number of public spats with the Spaniard.  Rafa v Big Sam How Benitez and Allardyce match-up It is not about me or Rafa on Sunday, apart from us doing our job behind the scenes, its about both sets of players, he said.  I am sure there is nothing I can say or do, theres certainly nothing Rafa can do or say in his press conference that can rattle me and thats for sure. We have got to get the players ready for the battle and hopefully well win the battle on Sunday. Also See: Given fears for Newcastle Premier League questions Mersons predictions Relegation run-in predictions ' ' '