The Brooklyn Nets have officially arrived in the 2014 NBA Playoffs. The Toronto Raptors series was a knock on the door to see if they were worthy to be let into the party. They have kicked the door down with their Game 7 win and now must face the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.
The so-called basketball experts have not given the Nets any chance of pulling off what may seem to many as an upset. Yes they have won two straight titles and yes they have been to three straight NBA Finals, but they still haven’t faced an opponent that has the ability to punch them in the mouth and laugh about it like the Nets can. Well all of that is about to change tonight as they go against the Nets and their playoff tested roster.
The Nets were built to beat the Heat, and so far Billy King‘s plan has worked to perfection. They are 6-0 against the Heat this year including preseason. The preseason games may not seem like a big factor, but trust and believe that as a competitor every loss and every win sits with you. The Big 3 has never been swept in the regular season or the playoffs, but this is the reason why the Nets were constructed in the first place.
This matchup may not be a big rivalry like Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, but the hatred runs deep between the two teams. LeBron James, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Cleveland Cavaliers and Celtics are all factors in this series. The Nets struggled this season for many reasons, but their main focus was to win a championship and go through the Heat to do so.
The Nets may be old and tired after running around chasing the much younger Raptors, but the Heat series will be a grind it out defensive struggle with hard fouls and life on the line intensity. This is what playoff basketball is all about, where reputations are made and crushed. The Big 3 have never faced this type of pressure in the three years they have been together. This is no regular matchup, no nickname weak advertisement gimmick — this is a playground, rec league, no referee needed, empty seat arena series.
With six losses and not a single win against this current Nets team, there comes a time when every bully has to meet their match; enter the Nets.