Nets Cut Off-
By Eddie Castro
The Brooklyn Nets season came to an end Wednesday night in Miami after a 96-94 loss. Despite defeating the Heat four times in the regular season, LeBron James and company proved that come playoff time it’s a different story. The Nets had a 91-83 lead with 4:48 remaining in the fourth quarter. After Ray Allen hit yet another big time shot to put Miami up by two, Brooklyn did not have an answer as James deflected the ball out of Joe Johnson’s hands before he could even get a last shot up. It did appeared that Paul Pierce was fouled by James in the previous possession but there was no call. Brooklyn will now head home after winning just one game during the series with the Heat. The team simply went up in flames as Miami went on a 13-3 scoring run.
Now that the season is over for Brooklyn, what’s next for the team as we look toward next season. Yes I know Brooklyn fans, it hurts me to say the words “next year” too. The team spent over $190 million in payroll and luxury taxes and failed to reach their personal goal of winning an NBA championship. Several questions will be thrown around regarding the team’s disappointing year and what steps to take to perhaps better the roster. Let’s start with Kevin Garnett, who basically looked like a mummy during the postseason. Does he come back next year or does he decide to hang it up. How about Paul Pierce? Even though he played “fair” in this year’s postseason, does he come back and give it one more run with Brooklyn? Has the team finally reached a point where they would consider trading their star point guard Deron Williams? Williams had an awful series against the Heat shooting just 34% from the field. The franchise has invested so much on Williams, but it seems that his ankle problem will not go away, making him just and average point guard. How time changes. Just a few years ago, Deron Williams and Clippers point guard, Chris Paul were considered the top two point guards in the league. Paul is still up there indeed, but D-Will’s name has seemed to disappear from that conversation.
Shaun Livingston, Andrei Kirilenko, Andray Blatche, and Alan Anderson are all set to be free agents and all players made an impact on this year’s Nets team. Can the Nets afford to keep them? It wasn’t all bad for the Nets. Joe Johnson had a very impressive postseason including a 34 point performance on Wednesday night. He simply did all he could. Brooklyn now had just one season left to live up to owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s plan of Brooklyn bringing a title home in 2015. What steps will be needed to fulfill that plan?
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