New-look Heat another measuring-stick test for Nets

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The Nets person already played the Bucks and 76ers, the NBA champion and the apical effect successful the Eastern Conference past season, respectively. And Wednesday, they’ll play big to the new-look Heat, who correspond different bully measuring stick.

“It’s bully to spot who you are aboriginal successful the season, particularly going into this adjacent game,” Kevin Durant said of facing Miami. “We’re going to play 4 teams that was successful the playoffs past year. It’s bully to commencement the play disconnected conscionable seeing wherever you are individually and playing against antithetic types of players. … That worldly is fun, conscionable gauging yourself individually and arsenic a team.”

The Nets are 2-2 aft facing 3 teams that were successful the playoffs (including the Wizards), and the Hornets, who were successful a play-in game.

But Miami could beryllium an wholly antithetic caliber of foe. The Heat reached the NBA Finals 2 seasons ago, went 40-32 past play and really came into Tuesday with the champion scoring differential successful the league.

P.J. Tucker is 1  of the seasoned  leaders the Heat added to their squad  successful  the offseason.P.J. Tucker is 1 of the seasoned leaders the Heat added to their squad successful the offseason.NBAE via Getty Images

The Heat added leaders, successful Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker. One seasoned Eastern Conference scout said constituent defender had been the azygous biggest glaring spread connected the Heat roster. Tucker brings the toughness and defence that are precise on-brand for Miami. While with Milwaukee past season, helium guarded Durant during the second-round bid and got into it with the Nets star.

Durant and five-time Olympic golden medalist Sue Bird were among those added to the USA Basketball’s committee of directors Monday.

Durant and Bird are among 5 players — each Olympic champions — who were added to the board, which has been bumped from 11 members to 15. Joining Bird and Durant were Jennifer Azzi, Harrison Barnes and Seimone Augustus.

Kyrie Irving is the lone Net listed connected the wounded study for the crippled against Miami. LaMarcus Aldridge, who was rested Monday connected the process extremity of a back-to-back, is expected to return.

The Nets assigned rookies Day’Ron Sharpe and Cam Thomas to their G-League affiliate Long Island for Tuesday’s practice, but some are expected to beryllium disposable versus the Heat.

For Miami, two-way Marcus Garrett (G-League) and Victor Oladipo (right knee, wounded recovery) are some out.

The Nets and Barclays Center genitor institution BSE had an Andy Warhol representation of Jean-Michel Basquiat connected show Sunday and Monday successful the recently debuted Crown Club. Several players, including Durant, Patty Mills and James Johnson, arsenic good arsenic adjunct Amar’e Stoudemire, stopped by aft the triumph implicit the Wizards to look astatine it.