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LeBron James of the Miami Heat shoots against the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Heat Know Nets Will Make Adjustments For Game 2

Miami knows Brooklyn will be tweaking something — maybe lots of somethings — before the teams meet Thursday night in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, with the Heat holding a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.

05/08/2014

Mirza Teletovic #33 of the Brooklyn Nets goes up for the shot against the Toronto Raptors during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Barclays Center on May 2, 2014 .(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Beat Raptors 97-83 To Force Game 7

Deron Williams scored 23 points, shaking off a second-half injury, and the Brooklyn Nets forced a seventh game in their first-round series by beating the Toronto Raptors 97-83 on Friday night.

05/02/2014

Deron Williams chases after an errant pass in the final seconds of Game 5. The Raptors defeated the Nets 115-113 to take a 3-2 series lead. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Passive D-Will Has Nets On Brink Of Elimination

The general lack of aggression. The poor decision-making. The failure to produce in the clutch. Not exactly what the Nets bargained for, huh?

05/01/2014

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets before Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets-Raptors: What To Watch For In Pivotal Game 5

The Raptors host the Nets in Game 5 of their first round series on Wednesday night, having regained home-court advantage with an 87-79 victory on Sunday.

04/30/2014

Greivis Vasquez of the Toronto Raptors rises for the layup against the Brooklyn Nets during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Desperation Trumps Experience As Nets Fall Flat In Game 4

If Brooklyn fails in this series against the Raptors, this nearly $200-million (including luxury taxes) team will go down as one of the most over-hyped compilations in NBA history.

04/28/2014

The Nets’ Kevin Garnett, right, celebrates with teammate Paul Pierce in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals playoff series at the Barclays Center on April 25, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: No Déjà Vu In Brooklyn As Nets Hold On To Take 2-1 Series Lead

The Nets held a 15-point lead with five minutes left in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal versus Toronto on Friday night.

04/26/2014

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 19:  Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets plays against Terrence Ross #31 of the Toronto Rapters in Game One of the NBA Eastern Conference play-offs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Williams, Johnson, Lead Nets In 94-87 Game 1 Win Over Raptors

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

04/19/2014

Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets shares a word with his team on April 5, 2014. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein’s Playoff Preview: Nets Will Get Past Raptors, But It Won’t Be Easy

For Brooklyn to advance to the second round for the first time since 2007 (when, ironically, the sixth-seeded New Jersey Nets upset third-seeded Toronto), the following matters must be addressed.

04/18/2014

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce on March 23, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Small Nets Shock Mavericks With Big Comeback

That’s right. Jason Kidd, on his 41st birthday, outwitted the Dallas’ Rick Carlisle, a championship coach, with the game on the line.

03/24/2014

Joe Johnson is introduced before the Brooklyn Nets' game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Barclays Center on March 19, 2014. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Finally Enjoying Privileges Of Home Cooking

NBA teams are supposed to thrive at home, with the added boost from fans and friendly whistles from referees. Yet Brooklyn might as well have been deemed a neutral site last year.

03/20/2014

Deron Williams dunks over Ish Smith of the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Lucky? Psshh! Red-Hot Nets Are Straight-Up Good

During an NBA season, I get that teams need luck by the barrel to compete on a nightly basis. However, I submit to you that this Nets run has gone well beyond cosmic fortune.

03/18/2014

Deron Williams shoots against the Phoenix Suns on March 17, 2014 at Barclays Arena. (credit: Getty Images)

D-Will Scores 28, Nets Win 9th Straight At Barclays

Deron Williams scored 28 points and even dunked for the first time this season, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 108-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night that extended their home winning streak to nine.

03/18/2014

Nets point guard Deron Williams, left, and head coach Jason Kidd discuss the disaster that was Brooklyn's 44-point loss in Portland on Feb. 26, 2014.  (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: I Apologize To Jason Kidd — As Should A Lot Of Other People

Like so many, I implored the Nets to jettison their fledgling coach after they plunged to a 10-21 record to start the season. Then the Nets went 23-9 in 2014 before their loss to the Wizards last week.

03/17/2014

Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots over Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Embracing Scoring Diversity In Turnaround

The Nets have had 10 different players this season score over 20 points in a game, tied for the second-most in the league. 11 different Nets have earned game-high scoring honors.

03/13/2014

Shaun Livingston #14 of the Brooklyn Nets grabs a rebound against the Toronto Raptors on March 10, 2014 at the Barclays Center. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Williams, Livingston Lead Nets Past Raptors 101-97

Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston each scored 18 points and an ailing Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 101-97 victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

03/11/2014

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