NBA Scout on Nets-Heat playoff matchup: ‘If I’m Miami, I don’t want to see Brooklyn’

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) puts up a shot against the Miami Heat during the first half at FTX Arena.
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Even with all the chaos that the Nets have gone through this season, there are plenty of people who don’t want to see them in the playoffs. And one NBA scout went as far as to say the Miami Heat should be one of those teams

Miami and Brooklyn may very well bump into each other in the first round depending on how the rest of the regular season and play-in tournament goes. However, the NBA scout told Fox Sports that Miami should be afraid if they have to see the Nets in the opening round.

“If I’m Miami, I don’t want to see Brooklyn in the first round,” the basketball scout told Fox Sports. “I’m a big believer in how teams play on the road and how they finish the season. Could Brooklyn do what Atlanta did and surprise everyone? I can’t count them out.”

Right now, the Nets would only see the Heat if Brooklyn finished the year as the eighth seed going into the first round. Brooklyn is currently headed for a play-in matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the seven-seed vs. eighth-seed matchup in the pre-playoffs tournament.

The Nets could move into the seven spot if they win the final two games of the season, which would mean they would host the play-in game and only have to win one single-elimination game to qualify for the first round as the seventh seed. If that happens then they would play the No. 2 team in the East, which currently is the Boston Celtics.

Miami occupies the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets have one of the most prolific offensive duos in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but have struggled at times to generate offense outside of the two and their defense has been a point of concern down the stretch. The Neats did have a dominating win over the Heat last month in a 110-95 effort, but had lost all three meetings against them prior to that.