I wish people would stop saying the Nets got better. NO SHIT. Really? You have to be the worst basher/hater to think the Nets didn't get siginficantly better. I don't think they'll win a title because i don't think enough guys will have enough left to win 4 rounds. My opinion. But countering that with how much the Nets got better, of course they got better. Only douches like Wild09/FreshKid/MissBella would tell you otherwise (depending which team they are trolling).
Title is the point, not better.
It's a fun discussion to have though as a Net fan no? If you are a title winner or not?
Of course the Heat are a very strong team. A super team. Once in a generation team. Lebron is a unique talent and he has Bosh and Wade who were superstars on their own teams before they united, and all three are still in their prime years.
Beating them will be very hard for any team, and it probably requires some luck (like injury to one of the Heat's big three, preferably James) to advance against them.
Still, the Nets have as good of a chance as any other team.
When a 49 win team adds Garnett, Pierce and Kirilenko, without losing any important pieces, they become title contenders.
The Nets have just as good of a chance to beat Miami as the Thunder, the Spurs, the Clippers, the Bulls or the Pacers.
Therefore you have to call them title contenders.
Will they win the title? Probably not. but maybe yes...
I can't see how people say honestly Nets beat Heat. Maybe things change two levels beyond what we know and then you can say it at that time but right now it makes no sense to me. Those games, the Nets were leading in some of them and Lebron just basically decided he was bored and now it ended, and the Heat would roll from that point.
As for age on the Celtics, i don't think games missed is any indicator. I think how they looked vs. the Knicks is. Terry/Pierce were done. Garnett was playing well but on fumes. Garnett is the one i think they can pace so he's ok but the other two are just really old in their movement. So slow. Kidd vs. Garnett in minutes will be fun to watch and a good issue IMO because it will force Kidd to take control and not let KG do what he wants.
PP looked awful in the playoff but excellent in the RS
One of 3 players to pu up 18/6/4 (LBJ, Durant)
19/6/6 on 49/43 post ASG.
What happened in the playoffs?
He was exhausted from playing point forward the entire time Rondo was out, and Terry is not a PG either.
Shumpert was also pretty fresh and played excellent D.
Frankly, I'm loving what the Nets are doing. Even after KG and Pierce retire, u can STILL BUILD AROUND D-Will and Lopez. JJ is 32 and that's not really old in the L so he will likely be around too. People talk shit about Pierce and KG being old. But Pierce is still a top 5-6 SF in the L. KG for my money is still a top 10 PF in the L. And they don't have to come into the Nets and be the guy. KG will likely even be the fifth option on the Nets. As opposed to being the 2nd option on Boston.
And don't forget that D-Will when he's healthy along with CP3 combines the premium PG facets AND great scoring better than anybody else in the L. Skill for skill at PG, D-Will is arguably the best PG in the L. He has some size on CP3 that makes a difference (not saying he's better but he's more versatile) and he's more of a true PG than Rose and Westbrook. So guys like KG, Pierce, and AK 47 can fill in and DON'T have to be the best player on the team. I feel ultimately it's D-Will's team!