Carlesimo focused on Game 5, not future

Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo isn’t thinking about his job status heading into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

“When the games come as quickly as they come, it’s very easy now to be tunneled in,” Carlesimo said Monday night. “Our message going into the locker room coming off the floor Saturday was ‘Monday night.’ It was an easy message. By the time we got back Saturday night, we saw most of the tape on the plane and you get back and you get focused for tonight. It’s such a quick turnaround and hopefully if we can get some wins, it’s going to be the same.

“If you’re thinking about anything else other than the next game now, you’re wasting time.”

The Nets need to win three games in a row to advance into Round 2.

Carlesimo’s future with the Nets, sources told ESPN.com, likely hinges on how far his team goes in the playoffs.

He went 35-19 during the regular season after replacing Avery Johnson.