SportingNews: The Brooklyn Nets have overtaken the Miami Heat as Best team in the Eastern Conference

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SportingNews: The Brooklyn Nets have overtaken the Miami Heat as Best team in the Eastern Conference
 

 

Nets overtake Heat as best team in East
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Sean Deveney Sporting News


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Source: visit this link Throwin' Elbows: Nets overtake Heat as best team in East - NBA - Sporting News

The free-agency period is slowing down in the NBA, and as the dust settles, it is obvious that one franchise came out well ahead of the rest. For this week’s edition of Throwin’ Elbows, we will start with that team:

There is a top-level championship contender in the Eastern Conference. And it’s in Brooklyn.

Over the three seasons since LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade got together in Miami, all teams in the East have been measured in terms of their worthiness as a conference runner-up. The Pacers are good—they can hang with Miami. The Knicks are built for the regular season, and were thus the No. 2 seed in the East. The Bulls would have a chance of giving the Heat some competition when Derrick Rose is healthy.

Now, though, we should forget the notion of sizing up a team in terms of what percentage they are when compared to the Heat. The Nets have blown that out of the water. They’re better than Miami.

Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez. That’s your starting five. Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Terry, Andray Blatche, Shaun Livingston and Reggie Evans. That’s your bench.

“Everything that Miami does well, all of their guys, the Nets have a counterpunch for it,” one Eastern Conference scout said. “They can be very tough on LeBron. That’s just the starters. You get to the bench, and the Nets blow them away. It’s not close. I think they will have some epic matchups.”

It should be acknowledged that there are caveats, conditions and asterisks to go with the enthusiasm attached to the Nets. The first is health. Kirilenko has had two ACL surgeries, and his signing is not yet official. Pierce turns 36 in October and Garnett is 37. Terry will be 36 in September. These are giant, flapping red flags for this team.

The other problem is that the Nets hired Jason Kidd right from the Knicks’ roster as their head coach, and though he will have seasoned former coach Lawrence Frank at his side, there is no telling what kind of coach Kidd will be.

Kidd will ultimately be charged with monitoring the minutes of the fogeys in his rotation, and getting them through the regular season with enough vim and vigor to carry through the playoffs will be tricky. It’s not something that Kidd has done before.

Example: Doc Rivers had enough cred to go to Garnett and tell him he was only playing 25 minutes that night, because Rivers would willingly sacrifice regular-season games to keep his players ready for the postseason. Will Kidd have that same license? Will he have the same vision?

There’s also the long-standing chemistry battle, one that can cause these super-rosters to come apart in a hurry, as the Lakers showed last season. Williams and Johnson like to pound the ball on the perimeter, and that’s not going to cut it when you have so many scoring options on hand. There’s also the crunch-time debate—who takes the final shot?—and as the Heat showed two years ago, issues such as that have a way of snowballing into bigger problems than they should be.

So nothing is guaranteed. But the Nets have the capability to do all the things that hit at the Heat weaknesses. They have Lopez, a middle-of-the paint scoring option. They have Kirilenko, a long, shrewd defender who can handle James on the perimeter and in the post. They have Williams, a point guard who can play pick-and-roll and get into the paint. They have Garnett, a guy who is kryptonite for Bosh. They have perimeter threats (Pierce, Terry), they have a tough guy who annoys (Evans), they have a scoring big man on the bench (Blatche).

The Heat are hardly invincible. They needed seven games to beat Indiana in the East finals, and seven to get by the Spurs in the Finals. The rebuilt Nets are better than the Pacers and the Spurs, both in terms of frontline talent and depth. When you get into comparing the teams on a matchup basis, the Nets just have so many more options than any other team when it comes to dealing with Miami.

Mark them with asterisks, for sure, but mark this, too: As it stands here in July, the Nets are better than the Heat.





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Nevermind the Heat

What a slap in the face to teams like Indiana & Chicago image

This guy doesn't even buy what he's selling

110 comments for "SportingNews: The Brooklyn Nets have overtaken the Miami Heat as Best team in the Eastern Conference"

 5 years ago '05        #2
Dun Language 4062 heat pts4062
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on paper but in reality the heat are the best in the east going into this season.

wouldn't shock me if brooklyn did come out of the east
 5 years ago '07        #3
joshdogg26 194 heat pts194
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articles like this give me an uncontrollable smile
 5 years ago '10        #4
sho 2010 199 heat pts199
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They not better then the Heat

You got a rookie coach & all these old a.ss n*ggas

Dwill & joe both need the ball to just stand there and dribble
There good mayb second in the east. I could see the heat no giving a fu*k about the regular season next year & ending up with a 2-3 seed

Idk bout the nets yet gotta see it come together
 07-15-2013, 08:26 AM         #5
WavyCrockett 
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Barclay Center decides to turn into a nursing home and all of a sudden they're the best team in the East
Meanwhile Jason Terry wasn't sh*t last year for the Celtics but all of a sudden he helps make the Nets the best team in the East
 07-15-2013, 08:29 AM         #6
Cheeze 
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best team in the east? heat best team in the league
 5 years ago '13        #7
PaperBoy 60 heat pts60
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"Numbers don't lie


Check the Scoreboard"
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 5 years ago '05        #8
MysticKJ 28 heat pts28
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these n*ggas haven't even practiced together yet and they already are better than the Heat?

 5 years ago '11        #9
Chad09 160 heat pts160
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How can they be better than the Champs.
 5 years ago '04        #10
D1nOnlyMrM@ 43 heat pts43
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i vaguely remember something like this being said last year.
 5 years ago '07        #11
OG Perez 16 heat pts16
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Cleanup on isle 8

On paper?

I want my plate of food with not too many beans

Pierce and KG Gona smell the stank a.ss bootleg Chinese food from down the block


It already stinks like curry in this bi*ch
 5 years ago '07        #12
ttime236 38 heat pts38
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Nets deadass got beat by a weak bulls team tho, lets not forget

Kidd as a first year coach gonna be tough. Only 1 ball for all those players, lot of things could go wrong before declaring them better than the heat. Sporting News lawse
 07-15-2013, 08:53 AM         #13
Yung Chance 
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sh*t cant argue on paper


Disrespecting the back to back champs like they didnt just play one mediocre finals then a borderline classic one

fu*k both of em though
 5 years ago '11        #14
Retro 83 heat pts83
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Everybody wants a team to be a legit threat to the Heat & it's not the Nets. I have them as the 4th seed in the East behind us at 2 & the Pacers at 3. They're old as sh*t, guess they didn't learn from their NY counterparts...
 5 years ago '04        #15
Motion 817 heat pts817 OP
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 Yung Chance said:
sh*t cant argue on paper


Disrespecting the back to back champs like they didnt just play one mediocre finals then a borderline classic one

fu*k both of em though
Borderline?


 5 years ago '07        #16
wtr1906 45 heat pts45
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I'm pretty sure the same thing was said last year about those Lakers.......look how that turned out









YOUNG!
 07-15-2013, 09:25 AM         #17
WavyCrockett 
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 Retro said:
Everybody wants a team to be a legit threat to the Heat & it's not the Nets. I have them as the 4th seed in the East behind us at 2 & the Pacers at 3. They're old as sh*t, guess they didn't learn from their NY counterparts...
Bulls not placin higher than the Pacers or Knicks
 5 years ago '12        #18
Carib Breeze 28 heat pts28
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old n*ggaz always chatting monkey sh*t
 5 years ago '04        #19
Motion 817 heat pts817 OP
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With sh*t articles like these it's no wonder The SportingNews magazine folded last year:






This sh*t isn't even fit for light bathroom reading
 5 years ago '09        #20
BrooklynStiles 101 heat pts101
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Deal with it
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