Jason Kidd

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

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. (Credit CBS 2)

Eric Adams Sticks Up For Brooklyn After Raptors GM Drops F-Bomb

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.

04/20/2014

Andray Blatche and Kevin Garnett (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Even With KG Back, Nets Need Blatche To Step Up In Playoffs

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.

04/07/2014

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd point guard Deron Williams look on against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Kidd, Nets Blow Opportunity To Keep Pace In East

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.

04/03/2014

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

Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Johnson, Nets Edge Mavericks 107-104 In OT

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.

03/23/2014

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

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