Out East, the Nets and Knicks have been doing a lot of talking before playing much basketball as they are battling for NY supremacy, as well as a chance to reach the NBA Finals. Of course, just as with any team out East, the road goes through the Miami Heat.
While the Heat have absolutely owned the Nets the past few seasons, the team's point guard feels BK can challenge, and beat Miami now that their roster includes Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and don't forget Andrei Kirilenko.
The Nets have dropped their last 13 encounters with the two-time defending champion Heat, losing the three meetings last season by an average of 21 points. But before the beatings even took place on the court, Miami had already won where it matters most -- in the Nets' heads.
"I don't know if we felt we were a better team than the Heat last year," Nets point guard Deron Williams said in a sit down with new Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd for ESPN's SportsCenter conversation. "And so I think in order for us to be able to beat them this year, we have to feel like we are a better team and we can beat them. And I think we do."
The battle to win the East will be a war of attrition through the regular season and the playoffs, as the Heat, Nets, Bulls, Pacers, and Knicks will all face each other several times and have to go through one another to reach the Finals. On paper the Nets seem like legit contenders, but they will have to stay healthy if they have any shot at beating the Heat not only in the regular season, but when it counts in the spring.