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Heat cruise to 2-0 series lead with Game 2 win over Nets

May 8, 2014, 10:14 PM EDT

New Jersey Nets practice 05/07/2014 New Jersey Nets practice 05/07/2014

The Nets didn’t seem to give their all in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Heat, incredulous as that may seem. They appeared to be playing the long game, not expending too much energy with a veteran squad playing a rested opponent, hoping that being judicious with the starters’ minutes would pay dividends later in the series.

In Thursday’s Game 2 matchup, there seemed to be no limitations from Brooklyn’s standpoint. But a dismal game from Deron Williams, along with a balanced Miami attack enabled the Heat to take a 2-0 series lead by posting a 94-82 victory over a Nets team that struggled offensively for the second straight contest.

Brooklyn hung in there through three periods in this one, and solved its problem of allowing Miami to score time and again in the paint, cutting their opponent’s deficit in that area significantly. But Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen both converted big shots late, and the Nets were unable to answer.

Williams finished 0-of-9 from the field, and went scoreless in over 35 minutes of action, but did chip in seven rebounds and six assists. Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson combined to shoot 11-of-25 from the field for 26 points, which isn’t going to be nearly enough to take down the defending champs even once.

Brooklyn got its most production from Mirza Teletovic and Alan Anderson off the bench, who combined for 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting. But they play limited minutes, and for the Nets to be successful, they need Johnson, Williams and Pierce to handle the bulk of the responsibilities offensively.

It was an odd game in terms of its flow, but Allen and Wade were the ones hitting the shots that seemed to be momentum-shifters down the stretch. The Heat closed on a 15-5 run to seal it, with Mario Chalmers and Allen ultimately being the ones who put this game away.

As the series shifts back to Brooklyn, the Nets’ biggest problem is their offense. They’ll need to get Williams back on track, while finding a way to get both Pierce and Johnson more high-percentage looks.

Brooklyn has done an excellent job of keeping Miami from scoring a bunch of easy points in transition, and the Nets have hung in there on the road for at least a half of two consecutive games. Game 3 is now the series for the Nets, and they have the talent to come back and create a challenge. But it appears as though they’ll need every single veteran on the roster to come through with an above-average performance in order to begin to turn things around.

  1. newyorkball82 - May 8, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Lebron 2-2 MJ 6-0

    • pantsfreezone - May 9, 2014 at 2:58 AM

      LeBron has never lost in the first round.

      Can’t say the same about MJ.

      • ranfan12 - May 9, 2014 at 3:10 AM

        mj and scottie got bullied out of the playoffs lol

    • hehateme2 - May 9, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      And the knicks? LMAO!

  2. newyorkball82 - May 8, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Who said I wasn’t having fun, and I do hate Miami. I’ve hated the heat long before Lebron came along. Like you said it’s all in good fun. It’s sports and that’s what sports is about… Rivalries

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - May 9, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      It sounds like you’ve hated the Heat since they got Pat Riley from the Knicks. Fair enough, given how that went down. But the rivalry between the two teams is, for now, a thing of the past. Two-time defending champs do not have rivalries with sub-.500 teams, which is why the more recent Heat rivalry with the Celtics also got zero media coverage this year. As a former New Yorker, I would love to see the Knicks come back to respectability. I miss that rivalry, which was particular fun down here because of the transplanted New Yorkers with their/our conflicted feelings. The Zen Master has done great things. He may yet again.

  3. rrhoe - May 9, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    With the salaries that the Nets are paying you would think they would get better results. Deron Williams hasn’t lived up to his contract at all,Mark Cuban should be thanking his lucky stars he didn’t sign this guy.

  4. dirtyjerseysports - May 9, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Fix is in “Donnaghy Voice”

  5. pantsfreezone - May 9, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    Is it just me or are the posters from New York SUPER-JEALOUS this year?

    I mean, I know the LA contingent is always jealous and the Chicago folks are salty and the Boston guys are sheer delusional, but man, these NY posters are not only angry, but green with envy.

  6. ranfan12 - May 9, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    Nets need Deron to step it up before it’s too late. Might already be

  7. pphins4life12 - May 9, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    Why do you guys even comment with these NY Knick idiots.. THEY ALL WANTED LEBRON and because he didn’t choose them they are haters..

  8. newyorkball82 - May 9, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    @pantsfreezone

    Dude, the only moron is the one pointing out that Lebron has never lost in the first round…. Who cares? I have been watching basketball since probably before you were born and have a perfectly good understanding of the game. I love how easy it is to stir up the pot with heat fans. Most of which won’t watch them if they lose a championship team. Most of which don’t know where they played before AA arena, and a lot of which don’t know they won a championship before with just Dwayne wade.
    Also, I never wanted Lebron and still don’t. I would take a player like Kevin Durant every day of the week over him.

    • darienal - May 9, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      with JUST Dwayne? I think Shaq might take offense to that statement…

  9. newyorkball82 - May 9, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    @bcb11

    With the Allen thing, imagine this. Imagine he doesn’t make the big shot and they lose in game six. How do you think the narrative for that heat team would’ve went. To lose in 6 and be 1-2 in the finals would have put a little damper on LJ’s reputation. So Allen kinda saved that for him. Otherwise LJ would have been a great player who just couldn’t win in the finals….

    • deeballer - May 9, 2014 at 7:41 AM

      They didn’t lose in game 6 and he was brought in for that explicit purpose. Why throw out the what ifs because it just didn’t happen the way you wanted it to happen. Keep imagining because it didn’t happen.

    • heat256 - May 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      And IF they didn’t blow the big lead on the Mavs and ended up winning the series? They’d be working on a 4th title in a row. See how fun the “what if” game is? If you proclaim to be such a fan of the game, you’d be able to find PLENTY of instances where a team got bailed out by an unbelievable shot that kept their season alive. That’s what sports is: the unbelievable happening and watching a team rise above the doubts and the reality that maybe they aren’t the best and take that from a better team. I believe last year’s Spurs team was a better team overall, while the Heat had the top player. I believe that’s the case this year, and if Heat/Spurs go for round 2 in the Finals, I would say the Spurs will be favored again.

    • bcb11 - May 9, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Since you want to focus on that: players like Duncan, Bryant, Durant have lost in the Finals. Going back, Stockton and Malone, Johnson and Bird have lost there. To point at his 2-2 Finals record is an incredibly reductionist and simplistic. You honestly believe that 07 Cavs team was capable of winning a title? Hell, one might argue the only reason they made it to the Finals was cause James went ballistic on the Pistons in the ECF. Plus I’d suggest being careful with purely Finals records determining historical greatness: Norris Cole is 2-0 in the Finals in two years in the league. Are you planning on discussing him among the great point guards of all time when his career is done?

  10. newyorkball82 - May 9, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    I’m not gonna try to make any more arguments with Hear fans. I’ll give credit where credit is due. They won two years in a row, and maybe they’ll win this year. We’ll just have to see.

    • nard100 - May 9, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      See, confession is good for the soul and cleansing.. Admit it, you feel better already! Now the next step is admitting that the Knick will never win a championship with Dolan as an owner and then choosing a franchise that actually has a chance. Baby Steps!

  11. golfrangeman - May 9, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    @Newyorkballer why do you keep mentioning MJ? Does he still play? Why don’t you mention bill Russell ? And you keep saying LBJ is 2 and 2 in the finals, explain to me how 2 and 2 is not better then 2 and 0. Is there any nba player that would rather lose in an earlier round then the final round.

  12. golfrangeman - May 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    @ newyorkball you say LBJ didn’t win that series last year. I’m sure he’d be the first to admit that it’s a team game and teams win championships. Enlighten me because I don’t recall MJ winning a championship by himself, as a matter of fact he didn’t win anything till he got a HOF player and a HOF coach by his side.
    A team consist of players, coaches,owner,and front office that do there best to put a championship team on the floor. They got Ray Allen because he’s a big time cluch three point shooter and he delivered. Kudos to the TEAM!!!

  13. southbeachtalent - May 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    10 wins away. I love reading these haters react to every Heat win, just glorious!

  14. bougin89 - May 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I was hoping for a competitive series. The Nets just haven’t shown up. This hasn’t even been a challenge for Lebron.

  15. jimeejohnson - May 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    The biggest New Yawk hater happens to be their biggest pea brain: Cantonbound! But he wouldn’t show up on a Heat blog after a big win since he’s an even bigger LOSER! F+ck New Yawk!

  16. doctordunkenstein - May 9, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    a new York fan using MJ as a reason to troll LBJ fans..a little ironic don’t u think. aren’t u supposed to hate the guy for torturing your franchise for years? My guess is your 12 years old and never even seen MJ play

  17. golfrangeman - May 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    @pharohislife if the heat played out west maybe they would have lost some games MAYBE no way to know. They play in the east, they’ve played 6 games and won them all that’s all they can do. S.A lost 3 games to a team they dominated for 3 years. Wins aren’t guaranteed you have do it on the court for 48 min. Miami has been to 3 finals in a row and well on there way to the 4th. They are the best team in basketball and until someone beats them they will remain that way ,you might as well stop looking for excuses.

    • pharohislife - May 9, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      What excuse? I don’t care one way or the other, I was just pointing out the obvious. All 3 of those Western teams that guy named have played tougher teams than the Heat have, that’s just fact, I’m pointing out facts.

  18. newyorkball82 - May 10, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    @bcb11

    Who has the nick name “king James”? Who do heat fans constantly refer to as the “GOAT”? Norris Cole is never considered among the greats… its like a third string quarterback on a football team that hasn’t played all year but still gets a Superbowl ring. With the Cleveland team, he might have had an excuse as to why he didn’t win in the finals. What’s the excuse for the the Dallas series? They were a different team? They had the same three core starters…. How you play in championship games is actually a BIG factor in determining historical greatness.

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