Marquee Matchups - Miami Heat (Nov. 1)

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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:

Brooklyn Nets PG Miami Heat
  Deron Williams   Mario Chalmers  
Williams bullied Chalmers on the inside during their three matchups last season, going 8-for-8 on shots within five feet while the two were both on court.

  Joe Johnson   Dwyane Wade  
Though Johnson struggled with Wade on the floor (7 TOs, 12-36 FGs, .333 FG%), the Nets' guard took advantage of his height to do damage against Wade from 5-9 feet out, connecting on 5-of-7 attempts.

  Paul Pierce   LeBron James  
Pierce, known for his offensive punch, helped to limit the league's reigning MVP during Boston's four games against the Heat; James shot .516 with Pierce on the court – and a staggering .682 with The Truth on the bench.

  Kevin Garnett   Udonis Haslem  
Garnett's defensive presence becomes apparent when you view Miami's offensive efficiency with him off court (109.9 points per 100 possessions) and on: 104.3.

  Brook Lopez   Chris Bosh  
Lopez chewed up All-Star teammate Bosh in the paint, shooting 10-of-13 on his attempts inside 9 feet.

Andrei Kirilenko
Andray Blatche
Jason Terry
  Ray Allen
Shane Battier
Chris Andersen
Kirilenko provides a do-everything skillset and annoy-everyone length, while Terry and Blatche can quickly pile up points against second (and sometimes first!) unit opposition. For the Heat, Ray Allen remains one of the game's deadliest shooters – just ask the Spurs – and a game-finishing presence. Battier provides "3-and-D" while Andersen adds energy and high-flying antics.
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