The Brooklyn Nets were supposed to be the team that overthrew the defending champions at the beginning of the season. While the entire season has not exactly panned out as the Nets had hoped, Brooklyn still promises to be dangerous down the stretch and a tough out come playoff time. The playoffs are all about matchups, and that is most certainly not a good thing for the Miami Heat, as the Nets have had the Heat’s number all season.
With the win Wednesday, the Brooklyn Nets move to 3-0 against the Heat this season and will look to do more of the same when the playoffs roll around. The Nets’ 96-95 victory over the Heat saw Paul Pierce return to vintage form putting up 29 points against his longtime nemesis. LeBron James scored only 19 points in the loss that saw Brooklyn’s upward trend continue. The Nets might finally be rounding into form, as the team has won seven of its last eight games and defeated several worthy opponents along the way.
The Heat are seemingly invincible against Western Conference competition, but cannot seem to get rid of the thorn in their side that is Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who have plagued the team for years. Pierce and Garnett have proven to be King James’ Kryptonite throughout his career, even as the trio of players have changed locales throughout the years.
This could be the last chance at a ring for Pierce and Garnett, but will the historic duo capitalize on their chances and will the victory be even sweeter with a victory over the Heat along the way? Brooklyn threatens to be the most dangerous team in the playoffs, as the team is peaking at the right time and has nothing to lose, but will their season end in agony or adulation when it is all said and done?
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