When Paul Pierce got back to the Nets locker room Thursday after the big win over Miami, he was asked if the hard foul he committed on LeBron James was a "message. Pierce said it was indeed, "a message to the league."
It was a special night for Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd as he saw his No. 5 jersey retired. And it was a fairly dominant preseason performance for Brook Lopez and company who defeated the Heat handily, 86-62.
Basketball Breakdown's Coach Nick offers his analysis on whether the Nets can take the Heat in a seven-game series (not a preseason game where the highlights will take place before the game). His answer: No.
After the big party to celebrate Jason Kidd's jersey retirement, the Nets and the Heat get their first look at each other, the first of six meetings in preseason and regular season ... and perhaps more in the spring?