"[T]his team might (gulp) actually be better with Shaun Livingston than Deron Williams," the Brooklyn Game suggested; the Nets were missing not only star point guard Williams, but also--lost for the season--center Brook Lopez.
That means the Nets look deeper than the Heat, who were playing without star guard Dwayne Wade and starter Mario Chalmers. The Heat are hardly invulnerable; even with Wade, they'd lost to the Knicks the night before.
I was in a packed Bar Chord in Ditmas Park last night to see John Pinamonti and his band. The Nets-Heat game was on the television. At least when I was there, in the second and third quarters, only a handful of people paid it any mind. Everyone else--and the place was packed--was talking to friends and listening to music. We're not in Dodgerland any more.