2014 NBA Playoffs: Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat
The Brooklyn Nets head home to the Barclays Center where they look to pick up a win over the Miami Heat, who hold a 2-0 series lead.
Tim Capstraw, the Nets color commentator, tells a Celtics radio blog that he believes Paul Pierce still has a couple of years left and adds that Pierce is "an excellent addition" to the Nets. He also thinks the Nets want Kevin Garnett back.
Jason Kidd made the necessary adjustments in Game 2 in order for the Nets to play a better game. But the team still came up short. Now, in Game 3, Kidd must insert Andrei Kirilenko into the rotation while embracing the "super-small ball" lineup.
It is now crunchtime! Must-win much? The Nets play their first second round game ever at Barclays Center and their first second game overall in seven years. Can the hometown crowd inspire them? And will their stars earn their pay?
The Brooklyn Nets are heading home to the Barclays Center down 0-2 to the Miami Heat. It's time for them to execute in two must-win games, or else they can pack it up and start their summer early.
Between Sunday's dramatic win over the Raptors and the opening night vs. the Heat, the Nets were the toast of New York, filling the back --and front pages-- of the tabloids and leading the Times' sports section. Now, it's all about the Heat.
Brooklyn needs a win in the worst possible way, not just to even the series but to restore confidence after the Game 1 blowout. After beating the Heat sis straight times (two in preseason), the Nets faltered. Job #1 in Game #2: get even in the paint.
The Nets allowed the Heat to take nearly half of their shots in the paint and score half their points there too. Reed Wallach breaks down some film on how the Nets got beat so badly in the paint and how Brooklyn needs to be consistent.
After a seven-year drought, the Nets are in the second round, officially the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. They face the two-time defending World Champion Heat, a team they've beat four straight (six if you count pre-season). GO Nets!