Game 2: Nets vs Heat

Dwyane Wade, Joe JohnsonBrooklyn Nets (0-1)
Brook Lopez, C
Kevin Garnett, F
Paul Pierce, F
Joe Johnson, G
Deron Williams, G

Miami Heat (1-1)
Chris Bosh, C
Udonis Haslem, F
LeBron James, F
Dwyane Wade, G
Mario Chalmers, G

TIME/TV: 8:00 p.m., YES Network, ESPN

KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS: Joe Prunty, the Nets interim coach filling in for Jason Kidd, said before the game that he doesn’t want to have a set plan for how he manages the minutes of Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko’s minutes tonight. D-Will has an estimated minutes restriction set at 26 and Kirilenko between 10-12.

“Pregame, the goal is to have (Kirilenko) in the game,” Prunty said. “We’ll keep an eye on him and how he plays.

“We always want to have the best players on the floor regardless of the situation,” he added. “We’re going to play five guys who play well. We’ll keep an eye on it, but I don’t want to come out and say we’re doing things a certain way. Andrei is not going to come out and play 48 minutes his first game back though.”

LIVINGSTON IN: Prunty said that Shaun Livingston, who has been out with a stiff neck, will play tonight.

WADE IN TOO: Dwyane Wade confirmed that he will be playing tonight.¬†Wade played the first game of the season against the Bulls, he had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes, but sat out Wednesday’s Heat/76ers game because it was a back-to-back.

CONTAINING LEBRON: Reporters asked Prunty how he plans to slow down LeBron James and he responded by joking that he was going to ask us.

“Give LeBron James credit,” Prunty said. “He works extremely hard at his game. The thing to remember is that is a good basketball team. They were down 15-13 the other day and they went on a big run and LeBron and Chris Bosh were on the bench. The Trick is not to discount that there are a lot of very good players on that team.”

EXCITED FOR THE HOME OPENER: “It’s a great environment and a great place,” Prunty said of the home opener. “Everyone is excited, the fans are really excited.”

ON THE NETS’ PERCEIVED SIZE ADVANTAGE: “Size vs speed is not the end all, be all,” Prunty said. “Both team are versatile. They can go bigger.”

SHORT INTERVIEWS: Pregame interviews with everyone else were pretty short. The Nets were not hanging around the locker room much at all and had headphones in if they even briefly popped in Kevin Garnett spoke briefly with reporters, but I was in talking with LeBron James at the time. By the way, LeBron’s interview was very short as he refused to talk about the Nets.

“I’m not answering anymore questions about the Nets,” James said. “KG already told me to worry about my own team.”

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