While some people point to the fact that the Miami Heat were swept by the Brooklyn Nets in the regular season, the team doesn’t consider it a cause for concern.
“We didn’t talk about it but I’m sure it’s great for discussion out there,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It depends who you ask. Come on, naturally, if you were to talk about it, we would say, `Hey, this is the playoffs, this is a different season.’ If you’re them, they’re saying, `Hey, we can beat them. We have great confidence. We already did it four times.”
Via Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
It’s a major story line heading into the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, but just like many people exaggerated the Heat’s regular-season performance, many are exaggerated the four games they lost to the Nets. For one, Dwyane Wade only played in two of those games. In the final meeting the Heat had already clinched the second seed.
Heat fans shouldn’t be too concerned about the regular-season series sweep. However, the Nets do match up well. Paul Pierce almost always plays well against the Heat, and you know he will be fired up for the games. Same with Kevin Garnett. Joe Johnson and Shaun Livingston may also do some damage posting up Miami’s back court and the Nets have plenty of depth.
But the Heat do have a significant coaching edge that could play a larger part in this playoff series. Not to mention that the team is well rested and has everyone back from injury, most notably Wade.