‘We’ve got to crack that code’ says Dwyane Wade of Nets
Dwyane Wade hardly thinks the regular-season series between Brooklyn and Miami was meaningless.
The Nets swept the Heat, winning three of those games by a mere point, taking the other in double overtime. That’s not exactly a show of dominance from a scoring-differential perspective.
Doesn’t matter, Wade said.
The Nets won all four, and that has Miami’s full attention as the sides get ready to open an Eastern Conference semi-finals series. Miami, the league’s two-time defending champions, will host Game 1 on Tuesday night.
“They figured out a way to beat us four times and that hasn’t happened,” said Wade, the Heat guard who missed two of the four Brooklyn-Miami games this season. “So we’ve got to crack that code.”
History shows the Heat will struggle in that code-cracking plan.
This series marks the 26th time that teams will meet in a best-of-seven series after one club went 4-0 or better against the other in the regular season. In each of the first 25 such instances, the regular-season winner also won the play-off matchup.
“I think they know what’s coming,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “We’ve seen them four times. I think we have the utmost respect for them and they have the utmost respect for us. Hopefully, it can be a great series.”
The buildup for this started in July, when the Nets added Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and started talking about a championship.
That got Miami’s attention.
The 4-0 record, that just got even more of Miami’s attention.
“The goal from the beginning when we came in here was to win a championship and we understand that in order to do that, you have to go through the best,” Pierce said. “And Miami being that team over the last couple years, we figured this was going to be a test for us.”
It’s the fifth time Pierce and LeBron James will be on opposite sides of a play-off series. Pierce won the first two when James was in Cleveland; James has won the last two since coming to Miami, topping Garnett and Pierce when they wore Boston colours.
To James, this isn’t about breaking a tie. He’s got bigger goals.
“It should be very challenging,” James said.
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Published: May 6, 2014 04:00 AM