Do not look too deep into this game or win for the Nets, and this certainly should not be used as a barometer for Miami.
It is only the preseason!
At first glance, the victory looks impressive for Brooklyn. They defeated the champs by 24 points, held them to 32 percent shooting and grabbed 22 more rebounds than the Heat. Some might say the 86-62 thumping of the proclaimed best team in basketball is impressive.
Sorry, those people are wrong.
Thursday night’s game proved nothing other than there is a new rivalry in the East.
Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Chris Andersen and Michael Beasley kept their warm-ups on all night while the young guys battled for the final roster position.
The only thing we learned is that Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett still have their hatred for Miami. Garnett warned LeBron James to worry about his own team and Pierce tried to prove he was tough by lowering a strong shoulder into James.
When asked about the shoulder, “It was a message to league” said Pierce.
No one sends a message in the preseason; that is foolish and bush-league. If a player wants to send a message, they send it in the playoffs. There is nothing to prove in an exhibition game.
These two teams will meet again at the end of the preseason and I expect it to be a different game. Wade, Allen, Andersen and Beasley should all play in the final tune-up before the opener against the Chicago Bulls.
As for Thursday night’s loss, there shouldn’t be any worry in the Heat camp. Erik Spoelstra is still making some final roster decisions and Wade is taking a cautious approach to the season to guarantee his health.
The Nets have not seen anything out of Miami yet, but these two rivals will be fun to watch all season and in the playoffs.