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Nets Get One at Home
Pierce: We’re not afraid of the Miami Heat
BROOKLYN – When New York Knicks antagonist and future Hall of Famer, Paul Pierce yelled out, “that’s why they brought me here!” right after securing a Game One win in Toronto, you knew that the Brooklyn Nets were going to be no easy out for anybody.
That didn’t necessarily look like the case with the 2 games the Heat took down in Miami for Game’s 1 and 2 of this second round series. Then Nets looked hung over from the grueling seven game series against the Toronto Raptors. They had to board their plane and heat straight to Miami and go up against the two-time defending World Champions, led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
The Nets seemed to have lost steam during the second half of each loss. One would think that they left part of their game in Canada. “Well every game we’ve talked about has been different,” Nets coach, Jason Kidd said. “With Miami, the two games we lost, we felt we could find a way to win and tonight guys were on the same page; executing the game plan and we found a way to win at home.”
During each Playoff run, most teams have a Cinderella player that comes through the wood-work. “Well the big thing about this team is that we trust everyone and when you look a Dray [Andrea Blatche] and what Mirza [Mirza Teletovic] did for us off the bench was big. D-Will [Deron Williams] set the tone by being aggressive and attacking,” Jason Kidd said. “Again, it’s just not Mirza we trust, we trust everybody and the last two games Mirza shot the ball extremely well.”
Game 4 is sure to be an intense one as a little heat (pun intended) was exchanged between Alan Anderson and Ray Allen to which both players received technical fouls. The Heat would rather go back to Miami and be up 3-1, while the Nets will dig deep and strive to even up the series.
The Nets already made history by being the first professional team out of Brooklyn since the Dodgers to advance out of a first round series.
Jerald L. Hoover