The Nets beat Miami in their home opener back in November, and they might be catching the Heat at a good time tonight, as Miami will be playing their fifth game in seven days. Dwyane Wade may not suit up tonight for rest purposes, which might even it up for the Nets who are still without their two best players.
Brooklyn is 4-0 since the calendar turned to 2014, a season-high win streak that's helped even up their home record to 9-9 on the season. The Nets haven't beaten the Heat two meetings in a row since the 2007-08 season, and they also haven't won more than five games in any single month yet this season.
One guy who we know will be suiting up and ready to play is LeBron James.
Simply put, he is the best player on earth, and he's more than capable of dominating a team all by himself.
James should be priority number one, two and three for the Nets defensively.
Everything runs through #6, (who will be wearing the nickname "King James" above that #6 on his jersey tonight.)
Key Matchup: At the risk of being redundant, the key matchup is defending James. Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson and Andrei Kirilenko will likely get their shots on him. He's the type of guy who rarely takes a breather, and constantly puts pressure on your defense. It'll take everything Brooklyn's got to keep LeBron James in check.
Player to Watch: I can't keep my eyes off Kirilenko when he's on the court, and neither should you. He's done a good job defending James in the past, and he's been doing a little bit of everything to contribute to the Nets' winning ways of late. He won't play as many minutes as James, but every minute he's out there will be crucial.