Game 70 Preview Vs. Miami Heat

Last game against the Raptors, the Nets had a pretty good first half, but like they tend to do, they couldn’t hold onto the lead, and the Raptors ended up pulling away late.  It comes down to something we have talked about at length here.  The Nets just settle for too many jumpers in the second half.

I don’t know what it is to be honest.  Maybe it is because teams amp up their defense (though the Raptors are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, so you figure it out).  I honestly think that the Nets get so nervous that they just want the game to end when they get the lead.  They hold onto the ball at length, there isn’t a lot of passing, and the ball goes up on the outside.  The Nets are going to have to play better in the second half if they are going to want to win three more games (and let’s be honest, that is the goal here).  Onto the lineups (a quickie):

Devin Harris vs. Carlos Arroyo

Advantage:  Devin Harris

Courtney Lee vs. Dwyane Wade

Advantage:  Dwyane Wade

Terrence Williams vs. Quentin Richardson

Advantage:  Push

Yi vs. Michael Beasley

Advantage:  Michael Beasley

Brook Lopez vs. Jermaine O’Neal

Advantage:  Brook Lopez