With the Nets facing the possibility of meeting the Miami Heat in the playoffs -- a team they went 0-3 against in the regular season -- interim coach P.J. Carlesimo went on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio and said that he feels as if the Heat aren't, in fact, "unbeatable."
"Without question the team to beat is Miami, but I don’t think they’re unbeatable," Carlesimo said on ESPN 98.7 FM. "They’ve proven to be the best team to this point, but I think, particularly if you have a frontline that can rebound and you can take care of the ball against them, which we have not done, then I think they can be vulnerable. "It’s going to take a heck of an effort to beat them, there’s no question about that, but I don’t think they’re head and shoulders above everybody else."
The Nets losses to the Heat were by 30 points, 13 points and 20 points, respectively, so it's not as if they've given fans any reason to believe that they can or will beat them if they face off in the second round of the playoffs. To that point, Carlesimo did admit that he can see why people would shrug off his comment, seeing as they haven't proven this season that they're capable of being the Heat in a game, let alone a playoff series.
Also in the interview, Carlesimo talked about his job security, and how he felt as if a playoff appearance wan't "good enough." Something that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov would agree with, as he's stated that an entrance followed by a first-round exit wouldn't cut it.
As for the expectations, from Mike Mazzeo:
"When it's all over, certainly (owner) Mr. (Mikhail) Prokhorov is gonna be the one to decide if we did a good job; if we did what we were supposed to do; we did what was expected ... who knows that? That's not for a coach to say."
As a friendly reminder, Nets playoff tickets are currently on sale, and yes they are selling second round tickets.
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