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.
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.
Joe Johnson scored 29 points, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett brought a charge to their first playoff game in Brooklyn, and the Nets held off the Toronto Raptors 102-98 on Friday night for a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.
“Very, very eager to see how they respond to the ‘F Brooklyn,'” Nets center Kevin Garnett said Thursday. “Very, very eager to see how they respond.”
If Dwane Casey has any concerns coming to Brooklyn, they aren’t about his players.
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?
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.
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.
The Brooklyn Nets say Kevin Garnett is hoping to return from a back injury next weekend or during their trip to Florida on April 8-9.
Gutierrez was fined $15,000 by the league on Friday for excessive contact on a foul, shortly after the Nets signed the rookie point guard to a multiyear contract.
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.
The “process,” as coach Jason Kidd likes to call it, has brought the Nets to this crucial juncture. A strong performance this week would send a message that Brooklyn belongs with more elite company.