7:00 PM ET, October 30, 2013
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
The offseason for the Brooklyn Nets has been about acquiring talented while at the same time aging players. Now, YouWager experts think this team needs to win a championship and win it quickly.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster is packed with full of developing youngsters and the team’s goals are a little more measured even when there’s plenty of reason for optimism.
Tonight in Cleveland the overhauled Nets team looks for their ninth victory in 11 meetings.
Every member of the starting lineup has been an All-Star, and Brooklyn (49-33) has a combined 36 All-Star selections. Whereas the Boston Celtics were still unproven around their Big Three, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett join a first five with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, with players such as Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry coming off the bench.
It was pretty expensive. The payroll is more than $100 million and Brooklyn will be socked with a luxury tax bill of more than $80 million on top of that after blowing miles by the salary cap of $58.7 million.
Jason Kidd, who led the Nets to two NBA Finals as a player, now is on the bench in his first coaching chance. However the most important newcomer may be Kevin Garnett, who brings his trademark intensity and the loudest voice in practice to a team that Kidd said was too “vanilla” last season in losing to an undermanned Chicago team in the first round.
Brooklyn is realistic about the difficulty of winning a title with a first-year coach and so many new pieces. According to NBA executives the Nets are likely to win their division, but none picked them to even win the East, let alone the NBA title.
Dismissed in 2010 by owner Dan Gilbert after Cleveland (24-58) was eliminated in the playoffs, Mike Brown inherits a team similar to the one he had in 2005, when LeBron James blossomed into a superstar and the Cavs won 50 games to get back into the postseason for the first time since 1998.