BY CHUCK MARVEL
Fresh off of their thrilling game seven win in Toronto, the Brooklyn Nets set their sights on the two-time defending NBA Champion Miami Heat. The Nets barely held on to beat the Raptors on Sunday, relying on a Paul Pierce block with one second left to seal the win, 104-103.
Up next for the Nets is arguably one of the best players of all time in LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Beating the Heat will be no easy task for Brooklyn’s veteran group- out of 18 ESPN expert predictions for the series, how many do you think picked the Heat to win? Yup, you guessed it, all 18. If the Nets are going to win this series, here are 3 reasons why:
1. They have their number: the most glaring statistic as you analyze the Nets-Heat matchup is this one: the Nets were 4-0 against the Heat in the regular season. The Nets know what it takes to beat them, and will try to string together four more wins to advance to the Conference Finals.