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Follow the Nets' return to New York with Newsday's Rod Boone.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett set to meet LeBron again

Kevin Garnett (2) and forward Paul Pierce (34)

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MIAMI — Paul Pierce insists it’s not personal. Just professional.

As the Nets get set to meet the Heat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Tuesday night, Pierce and buddy Kevin Garnett are about to see that familiar foe they’ve gone toe-to-toe with in the postseason: LeBron James. Sounds like the basketball court is about the only place Pierce ever sees James, too.

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Nets tabbed to play Kings in China next presason

Paul Pierce is surrounded by media during a

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Forget about going back to Cali. The Nets are once again bound for a little action in China.

As part of the NBA’s Global Games initiative, the Nets will play the Kings in a pair of preseason contests in China. They’ll meet Oct. 12 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and Oct. 15 at MasterCard Center in Beijing, some nine months after the Nets beat the Hawks 127-110 in London in regular season...

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Nets expecting Heat's best shot

Paul Pierce of the Nets defends against LeBron

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MIAMI — They’re expecting more than a few early haymakers.

When the Nets take on the Heat Wednesday night in a nationally-televised matchup, they’re pretty sure they’re going to get Miami’s best effort. Remember, the Nets have already beat the Heat twice this season, upending them in their Nov. 1 home opener in Brooklyn and getting past them again on Super Bowl weekend in January.

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Kevin Garnett out vs. Heat, Kirilenko questionable

Nets' Kevin Garnett practices during a training session

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Apparently, Kevin Garnett's back is still bothering him.

The Nets announced Tuesday that the 37-year-old veteran won't be traveling with the team to Miami, meaning he'll miss his seventh straight game because of back spasms when the Nets meet the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday.

Andrei Kirilenko, who also sat out Monday's 101-97 win over the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors...

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More ankle injections, PRP treatment for Deron Williams

Deron Williams looks on before a game against

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Looks like the Nets won't have Deron Williams available for at least a few days.

The team on Tuesday announced that Williams received cortisone injections and had platelet-rich plasma treatment on both of his troublesome ankles, ruling him out for Wednesday's game against the Warriors. Williams, who was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle following Monday's MRI, is in a walking boot and is...

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Deron Williams encouraged, unsure about playing in preseason finale

Nets point guard Deron Williams speaks to reporters

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Coral Gables, Fla. -- Just for kicks, after he'd wrapped up his second full contact practice of the preseason Thursday afternoon, Deron Williams threw down a pair dunks.

First, Williams playfully dunked right-handed and then proceeded to do a reverse, testing his right ankle and doing so knowing the assembled media was in clear view. It may sound like nothing, but those pair of dunks represented...

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Nets set to retire Jason Kidd's number Oct. 17

Jason Kidd speaks during a news conference at

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Jason Kidd's number will go up in the Barclays Center's rafters next month.

The Nets announced Monday that they're going to retire their new head coach's No. 5 jersey prior to the team's preseason matchup against the Heat on Oct. 17.

In a statement Kidd said: "This is a very humbling honor and one that I will always cherish. There can be no greater recognition of an athlete's time...

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LeBron James pleased Nets tabbed Jason Kidd

Miami Heat forward LeBron James speaks with reporters

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SAN ANTONIO -- Count LeBron James among those thrilled Jason Kidd landed the Nets’ head coaching gig.

The Heat star is pleased that one of his closest buddies made the rapid, almost unthinkable leap from player to coach in a matter of days.

“I think it’s amazing,” James said before Game 4 of the NBA Finals Thursday night. “J-Kidd is unbelievable, one of the best teammates I’ve ever played...

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Gerald Wallace fined for flopping

Miami Heat guard Norris Cole goes up for

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The NBA has hit Gerald Wallace in the pocket book once again.

Less than a week after slapping the Nets swingman with a $35,000 fine for escalating the altercation between the Celtics' Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries, the league slapped Wallace with a $5,000 fine for his second flopping violation. The play occurred in the Nets' loss to the Heat in Miami Saturday night.

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Three Pointers: Trying to end the Miami vice grip

MIAMI -- Andray Blatche fired the first salvo, not long after the Nets dispatched the awful Magic Friday night.

With the defending champion Heat on tap Saturday night and the Nets in the midst of a five-game winning streak that’s propelled them to the best start through 15 games in franchise history, Blatche figured it was the perfect time to show the Nets are oozing with confidence.

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