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Nets point guard Deron Williams, right, shoots against the Boston Celtics during a preseason game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Oct. 19, 2014. (Photo by Nat Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

SEASON PREVIEW: Nets Have Lower Expectations, But Plan To Contend

The Brooklyn Nets were one of the biggest stories in basketball at this time last year, a team that had spent like never before and believed it had built a title contender. They didn’t get close.

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Alan Anderson (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Have Their Core Four, But Who Will Take The Fifth?

Assuming they stay healthy — and that’s a pretty big assumption given their medical history — the Nets will revolve around the quartet of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett.

10/07/2014

Lionel Hollins (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Training Camp Primer: Hollins Wants Team To Back Up Toughness Talk

A no-nonsense, old-school coach who speaks with intelligence and wit, Hollins brings with him a recipe that proved successful when he led Memphis to the 2013 Western Conference Finals.

09/26/2014

Billy King with WFAN's Joe & Evan during the 2013 offseason (credit: Ernie Acosta/WFAN)

Lichtenstein: After 2 Summer Upheavals, Nets’ King Choked By NBA Cap

LeBron and Melo are in play as free agents. Other stars like Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo may be trait bait. And the Nets will be watching it all unfold on social media, just like me.

06/26/2014

Paul Pierce #34 and Kevin Garnett #2 (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Postmortem — Who Will Be Back And Who Will Be Gone?

Here’s my prediction as to who will and who will not be members of the Nets when the 2014-15 season tips off in late October.

05/19/2014

Paul Pierce of the Brooklyn Nets reacts in the final seconds of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on May 14, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Should Have Been Better — But They Weren’t

In as fitting an ending as you could script for this season, the host Heat roared back from an eight-point deficit in the last three minutes to send the Nets back to Brooklyn for good, 96-94.

05/15/2014

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)

Facing Elimination, Nets Need Minor Miracle To Come Back Against Heat

Since James, Wade and Chris Bosh became teammates, the Heat are 8-0 in home games that could end a series. Two of those wins came against Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett when they were wearing Boston green.

05/14/2014

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

Shaun Livingston #14 of the Brooklyn Nets dunks against the Miami Heat during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 10, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Make It A Series, Rain 3s Down On Heat In Game 3

Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Andray Blatche had career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets handed the Miami Heat their first loss this postseason, 104-90 on Saturday night in Game 3.

05/10/2014

Kevin Garnett #2 of the Brooklyn Nets sits dejected on the bench during the fourth quarter of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 8, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Nets’ Big Names Coming Up Small Against Heat In Playoffs

Deron Williams couldn’t score in the last game. Kevin Garnett has barely scored at all. And the Miami Heat keep proving that when it comes to constructing a super team, still nobody has done it better.

05/10/2014

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets looks on against the Miami Heat during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 8, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Stars Come Up Small; Inch Closer To Being Blown Up By Owner

Tick, tick. Somewhere in Russia, Mikhail Prokhorov is sitting in some chamber in his mansion ready to dismantle his expensive American toy.

05/09/2014

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

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

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

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

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