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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
The Nets held a 15-point lead with five minutes left in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal versus Toronto on Friday night.
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.
For Raptors’ All-Star DeMar DeRozan, the waiting between playoff games is the hardest part. The Nets, however, don’t mind one bit.
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?
That’s the message Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is sending in response to the profanity that Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri heaved in the direction of New York City’s most populous bureau.
For now, Blatche is a really wild wild-card on the Nets. Many I know would prefer that coach Jason Kidd go with Mason Plumlee in relief. But I don’t agree.
If Wednesday’s dreadful 110-81 drubbing at the hands of the rival Knicks at MSG showed us anything, it’s that Jason Kidd has much to learn no matter his record in any particular month.
That’s right. Jason Kidd, on his 41st birthday, outwitted the Dallas’ Rick Carlisle, a championship coach, with the game on the line.
Joe Johnson scored 22 points, including the tying layup in regulation and the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime to lead the Brooklyn Nets past the Mavericks 107-104 Sunday night in Jason Kidd’s return to Dallas as a coach.