Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd turned to Teletovic and asked him to do the seemingly impossible — go toe-to-toe with the best player on the planet.
Tick, tick. Somewhere in Russia, Mikhail Prokhorov is sitting in some chamber in his mansion ready to dismantle his expensive American toy.
Who knows? Maybe the Heat were too strong and would have won Game 1 anyway. That doesn’t excuse Kidd for not playing the guys who gave the Nets their best chance to dethrone the King and his court.
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.
The general lack of aggression. The poor decision-making. The failure to produce in the clutch. Not exactly what the Nets bargained for, huh?
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.
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.
Let’s hold off on this New York City takeover thing, OK? Hey Deron Williams — how about the Nets winning a round in the playoffs first?
NBA refs couldn’t have allowed Nets center Mason Plumlee — a rookie, no less — to get away with a block of the King just two ticks from the final buzzer, could they?
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.
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.
It might take some time — hopefully not the 10 years that Cuban predicted for the NFL — but enough people in the right places have come to realize what’s under the NCAA’s hood: a bunch of greedy elitists who never learned how to share.
That’s right. Jason Kidd, on his 41st birthday, outwitted the Dallas’ Rick Carlisle, a championship coach, with the game on the line.