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5 Most Important Things For Brooklyn Nets To Defeat Miami Heat

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5 Most Important Things For Brooklyn Nets To Defeat Miami Heat

Debby Wong-USA Today Sports

After months of anticipation, the big night has finally arrived for the redecorated Brooklyn Nets vs. the back-to-back champion Miami Heat, Act I.

It’s going to feel a lot more like Game 1 of a postseason series than it will an opening week game when the two square off at Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight, which is understandable after the Nets added Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko this summer with the specific intent of knocking the champs off their throne.

And don’t expect that sort of intensity to only be visible from the Nets’ side. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of their Heat teammates are well aware that this will be their opportunity to show the world that those two beatdowns they received from the Nets this preseason meant squat, and they’re still the team everyone should be concerned about.

For the Nets to come out on top tonight, a number of things will have to go their way. If they play the way they did against the Cleveland Cavaliers on opening night, the game will be over before they even get a chance to blink. They’ll also face the same challenge they did that night, as head coach Jason Kidd will not be present once again, serving the final game of his DUI suspension.

Oh, and the Heat are coming off a loss in Philadelphia two days ago that they still can’t believe wasn’t just a bad dream. That should up their effort significantly tonight.

The list can go on and on, but here are the five most important things the Nets must do to send their statement to the Heat.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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5. Limit Three-Pointers

Limit Three-Pointers
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Miami loves to shoot the three-ball, so the Nets need to guard the line very closely.

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4. Win Rebounding Battle

Win Rebounding Battle
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The Heat are hard enough to stop once. The Nets have to rebound as well as possible to limit second-chance opportunities.

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3. Use Size Advantage

Use Size Advantage
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The Nets are huge and the Heat are known for being a smaller team. They've got to exploit that weakness.

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2. Limit Turnovers

Limit Turnovers
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The less turnovers, the better for the Nets, as Miami becomes unstoppable in the open floor.

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1. Don't Let 'Big Three' Beat You

Don't Let 'Big Three Beat' You
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Never let the other team's best player(s) beat you, and the Nets know they can't allow LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to do just that.