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Could The Brooklyn Nets (Yes, The Nets!) Pose A Serious Threat To The Miami Heat In The 2014 NBA Playoffs?

Submitted by on April 9, 2014 – 3:08 pmOne Comment
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For whatever reason, the Miami Heat were unable to handle the Brooklyn Nets this season. They tried and tried and tried and tried again, but they lost all four times they played the Nets. And last night’s loss was, arguably, the worst one. With less than five seconds on the clock and the Heat trailing the Nets 88-87, LeBron James had the ball in his hands with a chance to dunk and earn a win for Miami. But Mason Plumlee (Mason Plumlee!) went up with him on the play and did this in order to help Brooklyn preserve the W:

It was a hell of a play by Plumlee (and possibly a foul, though we’re glad it wasn’t called) and made the Nets a legitimate threat to beat the Heat in the playoffs. After all, if they can beat them four times during the regular season, they can beat them during the postseason, right? Er, LeBron doesn’t think so.

“Get out of here, Craig,” King James told Craig Sager when he was asked if the Nets are going to be the Heat’s biggest challenge in the Eastern Conference playoffs after the game. “Next question.”

Should LeBron really be so quick to dismiss the Nets, though? The Nets do have Deron Williams running point for them and playing at a pretty high level right now. They also have the very experienced Paul Pierce, who has given the Heat fits in the playoffs in the past. And they have Joe Johnson shooting the ball well. So the Heat should not discount the Nets just yet. It won’t be easy for Brooklyn to continue dominating the Heat in the playoffs. But they have shown that they can play with Miami this season and, at the very least, they won’t be intimidated by Miami. And that’s half the battle when it comes to trying to knock off the Heat. You can’t be scared to challenge them.

Truth be told, we have no idea how the Nets will fare against the Heat in the playoffs, if they do indeed meet up. For all we know, the Heat could use their 0-4 record against the Nets during the regular season as motivation and sweep them. But it would be interesting to see how a playoff series between the two teams would play out, which is something we definitely wouldn’t have thought a month or two ago. So we really hope they end up paired up against one another at some point in the postseason.

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