Posted November 01, 2013

Deron Williams: Nets feel they’re better than Heat

Brooklyn Nets, Deron Williams, Miami Heat
Deron Williams

Deron Williams (left) has yet to beat the Heat as a Net. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

The Nets have dropped 13 consecutive games to the Heat, including three lopsided losses last year and nine defeats in a row overall since LeBron James joined Miami in 2010. But Deron Williams likes new-look Brooklyn’s chances against the two-time defending champions this year.

“I don’t know if we felt we were a better team than the Heat last year,” Williams told ESPNNewYork.com. “And so I think in order for us to be able to beat them this year, we have to feel like we are a better team and we can beat them. And I think we do.”

Williams and the Nets (0-1) — who added Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko in the offseason — can start to show that’s the case when they play host to the Heat (1-1) on Friday. The bad blood between the teams is already boiling. In an Oct. 18 preseason game, Pierce delivered a hard foul to LeBron James. “That’s going to [be] our identity,” Pierce said afterward. “It’s a message to the league.”

Before that game, James suggested that Pierce, Garnett and Doc Rivers were perhaps a little hypocritical for leaving the Celtics one year after they criticized former Boston guard Ray Allen for signing with the Heat. Garnett fired back, saying LeBron should “worry about Miami.”

Dwyane Wade is set to return to the Heat lineup Friday after missing Wednesday’s loss at Philadelphia with sore knees. Nets coach Jason Kidd will miss the team’s home opener while competing his two-game suspension for a DWI conviction. Kirilenko is expected to make his Nets debut after sitting out Wednesday’s loss at Cleveland with back spasms.

13 comments
bambam824
bambam824

One thing is for sure, without joey crawford to "protect" the heat, they stink, aka vs the Sixers and now the Nets.

RichW
RichW

Win the damn championship first and then talk about how great you are!

Teacher
Teacher

Got a little problem here.  Deron Williams is about Deron Williams.  We had him here in Utah and he's not a winner.  Building around him is a HUGE mistake Mr Russian Billionaire Dude.

jimmercik
jimmercik

Well, I have always been a big fan of Paul Pierce.  That being said, the season is under way, and it's always nice to back up the talk with a win or two. Or 65.  I think that the Nets' biggest challenge this year will be the fact that they have a rookie coach.

PHIFAN20
PHIFAN20

Nets are delusional even more after getting beat by the cavs. They need another smacking by the Heat to get back to reality 

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

I wonder if he felt that way after my Cavs beat them on opening night?

sngfx
sngfx

Didn't Brooklyn just lose their opener to the Cavaliers?

FedorGaponenko
FedorGaponenko

"Feelings" can be deceiving. Maybe if D Willy was half as good as advertised and if KG and Paul Pierce were 5 years younger, than yea I'd agree with that.

RichW
RichW

Then you won't even have to talk because you already let your play do the talking!

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@sngfx During the 95-96 season the Chicago Bulls won 72 games and one of their 10 losses came to the pathetic Toronto Raptors who finished 21-61.  The Raptors obviously must have been the better team.  

That said, I don't think the Nets are even close to the Heat.  The Nets are probably the 4th best team in the East.  

JulesG
JulesG

@sngfx And the Heat lost their 2nd game..........so now we can draw conclusions from 1 loss? Or, unless you win all 82 games, you can't "feel" a certain way about your team? LOL