May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) gets interviewed after game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Brooklyn defeated Toronto 104-103. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Pierce Says Miami Heat Are a ‘Different Team’ in Playoffs


The Brooklyn Nets are heading to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat in the Conference Semifinals, and with them comes the storyline that the Nets owned the Heat in the regular season. It’s a stat that will be regurgitated again and again through tip off on Tuesday and all throughout the series.

But while pundits will tout the stat like it means something, Paul Pierce is well aware that success during the regular season against the Heat hardly translates to postseason success as Miami is a different animal this time of year.

Per The Wall Street Journal:

Brooklyn took two preseason games from the Heat, then went 4-0 in the regular season — with three of those games decided by a single point, the other in double overtime.

“They’re a different team in the playoffs,” Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce said.

That’s not to say Brooklyn is to be slept on, as they’re the only formidable opponent left in the East for the Heat, aside from  possible the Pacers but let’s not kid ourselves. Brooklyn wanted this series and they now have it, which means we’re in for some great basketball this next week.

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