This is the first in a series previewing the Nets' Marquee Matchups of the 2013-14 NBA season.
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BROOKLYN—When Nets General Manager Billy King pulled the trigger on July's trade with Boston, it was a move clearly made to hurtle the Nets toward the top of the Eastern Conference, and one that puts them in position to challenge the back-to-back NBA Champion Miami Heat.
Brooklyn's developing chemistry will be tested early by this seasoned Miami squad, one that kept the core mostly intact, save for jettisoning Mike Miller in favor of low-risk, high-reward minimum signings Greg Oden and Michael Beasley.
Here's a look at the projected lineups: