Heat and Nets set to begin 2nd round battlePosted by Inside Hoops
Here’s the South Florida Sun Sentinel reporting on the Nets and Heat:
The droning chant will have to wait until the series moves to Barclays Center for Saturday’s Game 3.
But an argument could be made it has been ringing in the Miami Heat’s ears for months.
“Brooookl-lyn! Brooook-lyn! Brooook-lyn!”
An early-round matchup the Heat thought they had avoided with their No. 2 East playoff seed, until some late manipulation by the Brooklyn Nets, is at hand, the best-of-seven conference semifinal series starting Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
No team this season, at least when it came to wins and losses, had the Heat’s number like Brooklyn, sweeping the four-game season series, as well as winning both preseason matchups.
And, yes, it means Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are back as playoff rivals, this time in Brooklyn black instead of Boston green, complete with the enduring playoff respect and contempt that long has heightened these postseason matchups against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
“It will always be there,” Wade said after Sunday’s practice, a session completed before the Nets defeated the Raptors 104-103 at Air Canada Centre in Game 7 of that series. “I don’t think there will be a moment where it won’t, just the competitive nature of those guys.”