D-Will feels Nets are better equipped to beat Miami.
Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams believes that his team are capable of ousting the Miami Heat this season.
The Nets have lost their last 13 meetings with the two-time champions, losing the three encounters last season by an average of 21 points.
However, they have strengthened significantly this summer bringing in the likes of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, with Williams suggesting that they have the tools to now beat their Eastern Conference rivals.
While the season didn’t get off to the start that he had envisaged following the loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Nets are ready for their next challenge.
“I don’t know if we felt we were a better team than the Heat last year,” Williams said according to ESPN.
“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.”
Head coach Jason Kidd will be missing from the sidelines in Brooklyn’s home opener on Friday night, but insists that Williams and the Nets will have their own identity this season and will be tougher opposition due to the new recruits.
Garnett and Pierce still hold a grudge and rivalry with Miami, and as a result Friday’s clash is expected to be a feisty affair with Williams admitting that the whole team will pick up “their beef” with the Heat and look to attack it this year.
The Eastern Conference is expected to be particularly competitive this season, with the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers also highly tipped to push the defending champions all the way.