Remember when the Nets swept the Heat in the regular season?
Miami does not either. Those memories of any success against the Heat from the regular season might have been completely erased with a dominant 107-86 win in Game One of the teams’ series in the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Miami looked refreshed from the time off after the team’s sweep of Charlotte. Brooklyn looked a bit beat up from its seven-game battle with a defensive-minded Toronto team. That is no excuse but it was clear at this point who was ready for this challenge.
LeBron James had another day at the office with 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting. Miami uncharacteristically dominated the inside with 52-28 advantage on the glass and an 84.6 percent defensive rebound rate.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 17 points and the Nets even shot 47 percent from the floor. That is pretty good against Miami. The Nets even hit 10 3-pointers. So maybe Brooklyn is not completely out of things. This is just one game after all.
But an impressive one game indeed.