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LeBron James of the Miami Heat puts on a show during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 12, 2014 at Barclays Center. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Depth No Match For Miami’s 1-Man Show

The cold truth is that these guys are limited in what they can be counted on to do night-in and night-out. And this series has proven that those limits make it awfully hard to take down a King.

05/13/2014

The Nets’ Paul Pierce reacts in the second quarter against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 10, 2014, in Brooklyn. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: If Not Your Admiration, Nets At Least Deserve Your Attention

Still want to talk Knicks? Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr? There’s a far better story going on in Brooklyn, one that you really should start paying attention to.

05/12/2014

Paul Pierce (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets’ Paul Pierce On Heat: ‘They’re Not Unbeatable’

Paul Pierce called the Miami Heat a juggernaut. He insisted they are still the team to beat. So yes, the Brooklyn Nets have plenty of respect for the two-time defending NBA champions — and no fear.

05/12/2014

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

Jason Kidd (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jason Kidd Folded The Tent Early In Series Opener Against Heat

Who knows? Maybe the Heat were too strong and would have won Game 1 anyway. That doesn’t excuse Kidd for not playing the guys who gave the Nets their best chance to dethrone the King and his court.

05/07/2014

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jason Kidd On WFAN: Nets Taking Team-First Mentality Into Hostile Miami

They say star players win championships. The Heat have three of them — and two straight titles. Kidd and the Nets are hoping to stop them in their tracks.

05/06/2014

Paul Pierce drives past LeBron James of the Miami Heat at Barclays Center on January 10, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Advantage, Brooklyn: Nets Have 4 Wins Over Heat — But Need 4 More

The Nets swept the regular-season series, and that has the Heat’s full attention as the sides get ready to lock horns in the playoffs. Miami, the league’s two-time defending champion, will host Game 1 on Tuesday night.

05/06/2014

Paul Pierce of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates after beating the Toronto Raptors in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on May 4, 2014. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

We The Nets! Pierce Stuffs Toronto, Leads Brooklyn To Next Round

We the North? Sorry, Toronto. After a nail-biting triumph, Brooklyn is moving on to Miami. “We’re still trying to earn our respect as a team, as a franchise,” Nets forward Paul Pierce said.

05/05/2014

Ray Allen of the Miami Heat battles Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets for the ball during their game at the Barclays Center on January 10, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: 4 Reasons Why Nets Have A Shot To Beat The Heat

After taking some time to get my heart rate back to where it should be, I’m ready to dig into how the Nets can unseat the two-time defending champions.

05/05/2014

Paul Pierce (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets’ Paul Pierce: We’ll See The Raptors On Sunday In Game 7

“We’re just focused on tomorrow’s game,” Kidd said on Thursday. Lose it, and the Nets can forget about a shot at the NBA champions. The Raptors would be the ones moving on to face Miami.

05/02/2014

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

Shaun Livingston #14 of the Brooklyn Nets defends against DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors in Game Two of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Air Canada Centre on April 22, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Miss Opportunity To Take Control Of Series

Elite teams find a way to overcome the egregious officiating. The fact remains that the Nets had a solid chance to do it on Tuesday night, but they couldn’t put the Raptors away.

04/23/2014

Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets controls the ball in the late stages against the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Nets defeated the Raptors 94-87 to take a 1-0 series lead. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Well-Rested Nets Looking To Bury Raptors In 0-2 Hole

For Raptors’ All-Star DeMar DeRozan, the waiting between playoff games is the hardest part. The Nets, however, don’t mind one bit.

04/22/2014

Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets rejects a scoring play by Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Nets defeated the Raptors 94-87 to take a 1-0 series lead. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Send Message To Raptors — Don’t Mess With These ‘Dinosaurs’

It took me a few looks at the infamous Toronto Sun headline prior to Saturday’s Game 1. Raptors vs. Dinosaurs? Are they coming out with another sequel to Jurassic Park?

04/21/2014

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