The Nets are healthy, young and committed to getting to 10. But as the Raptors game showed, they are prone to mental mistakes, turnovers and horrid defense upfront. The Heat, on the other hand, are driving towards the playoffs and can't afford to lose, particularly to a team 7-62. They're also playing great defense, winning against the Bobcats Saturday despite shooting 35.9%. They'll be healthy as well. Jermaine O'Neal will be back after missing the Charlotte game with a sprained ankle. It's not that the Heat have blown out the Nets this season. Miami won the first game 81-80 Nov. 14 on Dwyane Wade's buzzer beater, then took the second 87-84 Feb. 17. The Heat shot 39.2% in combined in the two games, but better than the Nets' 39.0%.
Meanwhile, Al Iannazzone reports that Nets veterans Devin Harris, Keyon Dooling and Tony Battie "spoke during a players’ meeting last week about doing whatever it takes to win three more games".
- New Jersey Nets Game Notes - New Jersey Nets
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- Getting Inside - New Jersey Nets - Sports Xchange
- Getting Inside - Miami Heat - Sports Xchange
- Heat-Nets Preview - Stats
- Hayes, Nets Hope to Contain Wade - Ben Couch - New Jersey Nets
- Nets feel Heat as end nears - Dan Tomasino - New York Post
- Jarvis Hayes wants to return to the Nets next season - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
- Nets have 13 games left to win three games - Matt Gagne - New York Daily News
- Nets know it’s crunch time - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Beasley takes Zo's advice - Michael Wallace - Miami Herald
- DUI charge a sobering reality for Miami Heat's Dorell Wright - Israel Gutierrez - Miami Herald
- Message from Spo and Zo puts Beasley in the know - Ira Winderman - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Game #70: Miami Heat (36-34) vs. New Jersey Nets (7-62) - DolPhan Dave - Peninsula is Mightier