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2014 NBA Playoffs: Brooklyn Nets Show They Are Not Foils Against Miami Heat

Shaun Lvingston, Dywane Wade, Brooklyn Nets

Anthony Gruppuso-USA Today Sports

I was probably one of about 20 people in the entire United States of America that predicted the Brooklyn Nets would present a great challenge to the Miami Heat in their second-round series.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I predicted the Heat to win this series and I still do. But it was not going to be in the easy-breezy variety that many people thought. For starters, this is not the same Heat team that rampaged through the Eastern Conference last year. The 2014 edition of the Heat loos like they have things on cruise control. They are not even remotely interested in what is happening on the court, and when the chips get down, they turn to LeBron James to bail them out.

The second reason is that this is a much better Brooklyn team than many people realize. Yes, this team took its lumps throughout the season, but in the second half of the season, the Nets turned it on and now looks like the team many people predicted would give the Heat a run for their money.

The Nets were built during the offseason specifically for this moment in time, a chance to dismiss the defending two-time champions and bring on the demise of the “Big 3″ era in South Beach. It didn’t look that way in the first two games, as LeBron James had his way against the Nets defense. But on Saturday night, the Nets clearly looked like they were finally ready to take a hold of their destiny.

It is their destiny to knock off the evil empire of the NBA, and finally, they showed the basketball world that this team was ready for that task.

Kareem Gantt is an NBA writer for For more from this author, you can ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook and ‘add’ him on Google