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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

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets before Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets-Raptors: What To Watch For In Pivotal Game 5

The Raptors host the Nets in Game 5 of their first round series on Wednesday night, having regained home-court advantage with an 87-79 victory on Sunday.

04/30/2014

The Raptors’ Terrence Ross, left, shoots against the Nets’ Deron Williams during Game 4 of the teams’ playoff series at Barclays Center on April 27, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Veteran Nets Mindful Of Resilient Raptors Heading Into Pivotal Game 5

Playoff experience, once an area of prime concern for the Raptors, is starting to look passé after the latest in a string of superior fourth quarters by Toronto’s postseason greenhorns.

04/28/2014

Actor Michael K. Williams (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

WATCH: ‘The Wire’ Star Calls Out Donald Sterling At Barclays Center

Brooklyn native Michael K. Williams let everyone on Sunday know exactly how he feels about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

04/28/2014

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)

Nets Falter In 4th Before Righting Ship In Time To Take Game 3

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.

04/25/2014

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

Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets shares a word with his team on April 5, 2014. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein’s Playoff Preview: Nets Will Get Past Raptors, But It Won’t Be Easy

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.

04/18/2014

LeBron James against the Brooklyn Nets at AmericanAirlines Arena on April 8, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

LeBron James Laughs Off Nets As Heat’s Biggest Challenge

A season sweep of the defending champs? Yeah, Brooklyn is for real. But LeBron James doesn’t sound too worried about the red-hot Nets.

04/09/2014

Marcus Thornton (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Power Of 3 — Nets Continue Hot Shooting From Deep

In this recent stretch, during which the Nets have won 13 of their last 17 games, it’s the three-point field-goal attempts that stand out the most.

03/31/2014

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