After enduring two blowout losses on the road, the Brooklyn Nets returned home to defeat a struggling Orlando Magic team, and are now preparing to face none other than the defending champion Miami Heat.
Not only were these two losses to the Heat extremely ugly, but the Nets just outright embarrassed themselves.
The Nets need a victory on Wednesday, or at least be able to compete for the full 48 minutes. More likely than not, they will need to defeat the Heat in the playoffs before they can even begin the championship chatter.
This game will be one of the most important ones of the Nets' season, because they have to make a statement to prove that they are legit contenders, not just a team full of misfit stars.