It’s so easy to laugh at the Brooklyn Nets’ misfortune. The team that attempted to manufacture its way to a championship is learning the lesson the Los Angeles Lakers learned last year: the Miami Heat’s success of bringing multiple superstars together on one team isn’t as easy as it looks. Better yet, the team whose fans sport more neck beards than a French coffee shop is doing everything possible to disappoint its Russian oil tycoon billionaire overlord and might not even manage a winning record this year. The bitterness couldn’t be sweeter, especially when it comes to former Boston Celtics and current Nets players Kevin Garnett and gerbil-faced Paul Pierce.
On the other hand, the hometown Miami Heat is cruising through another regular season on its way to the playoffs. Through the first 53 games, the Heat has posted the same exact record for three straight years: 39-14. Though there’s a lot of excitement surrounding Greg Oden’s increased playing time, it’s business as usual for the Big Three, including dishing another loss to a conference rival. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Tickets cost $60 to $450. Call 800-777-1000 or visit heat.com.
Wed., March 12, 7 p.m., 2014