So maybe Paul Pierce didn’t say it with the full bravado of a Patrick Ewing.

But Pierce did perhaps channel a little of his inner Ewing following the Nets’ Game 5 loss on Wednesday night.

When asked if Brooklyn can win two straight games to advance to the next round, Pierce displayed the kind of confidence the Nets need in order to win two straight games and climb out of their current hole down 3-2 in this best-of-seven series.

“Without a doubt,” Pierce said in the visitors’ locker room at the Air Canada Centre. “One game at a time, we got to take care of home. I think we will play better on Friday at home and we’ll see them back here Sunday.”

Sunday, of course, is a potential Game 7. In order to force an ultimate do-or-die game, the Nets have to do several things to stop the Raptors from ending their season on Friday in Game 6 at Brooklyn.

They’ll need to do something they haven’t done all series long -- play their best basketball. Like the start of their season and their stunning turnaround, the Nets have been good and bad at times during each game of this series.

The Nets have to play aggressively and maintain that energy without any lulls. The man who has to set the tone for the Nets is Deron Williams.

Will the real D-Will please stand up, please stand up? In Game 6, Williams simply must set the tone right from tip off by coming out in attack mode and taking the game to Kyle Lowry instead of the other way around.

Early in Game 5, Williams looked more to get his teammates involved instead of getting himself going. He had just three points, took only four shots and had two turnovers while Lowry had 21 of his 36 points in the first half.