Heat vs. Nets: Five Key Questions for the Eastern Conference Semifinals

Now things start to get interesting. The Bobcats series was cute and all, with some mild excitement and dramatic moments here and there, but now is when things get super-really real. Tonight in Miami, the Heat faces the Brooklyn Nets, a team that swept the regular-season series in game one of the Eastern Conference semis.

The two teams have zero rivalry, especially considering the Nets moved to a new city this year, but somehow a good amount of hate was created in that limited time. That makes for what should be terrific entertainment.

For the Heat to step over the Brooklyn Nets on its way to a three-peat, a few questions must be answered.

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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.