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Paul Pierce was charged with a flagrant foul for collaring LeBron James on a shot attempt. James made the shot for 2 of his game-high 28 points. (AP)

 

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Tuesday night, unlikely hero and Nets rookie center Mason Plumlee made the play of the game, stuffing LeBron James at the rim on a dunk attempt that would have put the Heat up by one and preserving an 88-87 victory and Nets season sweep.
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The long and bitter rivalry between Paul Pierce and LeBron James just got a little bit better. Midway through the 4th quarter, LeBron was caught off guard and got his shot thrown back by Pierce. The Nets had a 10-point lead at the time with around 5 minutes to go in the fourth.

In a game that ended with a score of 101-100, every basket counts.

 

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Brooklyn's home opener is tonight. (AP)

It's finally here. The Brooklyn Nets take on the Miami Heat in the team's home opener at Barclays Center, marking the first time that Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Alan Anderson, and Shaun Livingston step on Barclays's herringbone-patterned floor in the regular season as members of the Brooklyn Nets.

Because of that, because of the monumental nature of this game, with the defending champion Miami Heat as opponents, here's a position-by-position breakdown of tonight's matchup. Let this serve not only as a guide to tonight, but a brief on how the teams match up overall throughout the season -- and, hopefully, in the playoffs.

We also compare how the players have looked in head-to-head matchups, and break down their middle names, because The Brooklyn Game has analysis you just can't get anywhere else.

Start here: Mario Chalmers vs. Deron Williams

 

Speaking with reporters Saturday night, Miami Heat forward LeBron James says he'll most likely sit Friday night when the Brooklyn Nets travel to Miami to face the Heat in their final preseason game.

Dwyane Wade sat Thursday night when the two teams met in Brooklyn, but LeBron played in the 86-62 Nets victory.

James says his rest is simply maintenance and not injury-related. The teams match up in the regular season for the first time on November 1st, Brooklyn's home opener.

(via Ethan Skolnick on Twitter)

 

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Paul Pierce, LeBron James shared comments on Pierce's past. (AP)

Former Boston Celtics and current Brooklyn Nets Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce came under fire from the Miami Heat's LeBron James this week. James called the two hypocritical for criticizing Ray Allen for leaving Boston for Miami in the summer of 2012, then leaving Boston themselves a year later.

"I think the first thing I thought was, 'Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,'" was James's exact quote. "I think it's OK; I didn't mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically s--- on Ray for leaving, and now they're leaving."

Garnett and Pierce were asked about James's comments after the 86-62 Nets victory last night over the Heat, and both responded about how you'd expect.... MORE →