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Nets complete sweep of Heat
The Indiana Pacers' recent struggles have put their participation in the Eastern Conference finals in doubt. But let's not send the Miami Heat there yet, either; on Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets completed a four-game regular-season sweep of the two-time defending champions. Does this mean Paul Pierce & Co. would actually give Miami a run in a playoff series? Which East "outsider" is the biggest playoff threat?
Nets knock off Heat
On January 1, the Nets were 10-21 and way out of anyone's idea of a playoff race. Since then, however, they've gone 23-9 (the best record in the Eastern Conference during that time) and are looking like the team no one wants to play in the postseason. Just ask the Heat, who lost for the third time this season against the Nets on Wednesday night. Miami fans are probably sick to death of Jason Kidd -- in his last 24 games as a player or coach, he's 19-5 against the Heat.
Knicks, Nets back in playoff hunt?
On Wednesday, the Brooklyn Nets snapped the Golden State Warriors' 10-game winning streak. A night later, the New York Knicks knocked off the defending champion Miami Heat. The Nets now have won four in a row. The Knicks have won four of five. The Nets now occupy the Eastern Conference's eighth spot. The Knicks are 10th, but just a game out of the playoffs. In other words, perhaps Gotham's hoops demise was declared prematurely. Can these teams sustain the chase in the shaky East -- one whose sixth-place team, Chicago, is 15-18 and just traded perhaps its best healthy player?
When should coaches rip players?
Does ripping the players in public work for a coach? We might find out soon. Monday night, Kings coach Mike Malone, frustrated after a turnover-fueled loss to the Pelicans, called out his players and named names. He wasn't alone: Nets coach Jason Kidd told the media his team is "comfortable with losing" after they were blown out by the Pacers. The Kings and Nets are struggling for different reasons, but it remains to be seen if challenging the players in public will lead to better results.
Brighter outlook -- Knicks or Nets?
The New York Knicks weren't supposed to light up the league this season, but their floor seemed like a low playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. And yet, after Thursday night's game at the Brooklyn Nets, Carmelo Anthony & Co. are just 4-13. The Nets, meanwhile, are 5-14 -- but lost Thursday's game by 30. And they were supposed to be the contending team of the two. Woof. Needless to say, things don't look good in Gotham. Which franchise's outlook is better, if ever-so-slightly?