Last night was Brooklyn's last stand. Old man Paul Pierce summoned the ghosts of playoffs past, and almost overcame LeBron James' 49-point game.
But it wasn't quite enough, the Nets couldn't hit their shots down the stretch, and the Heat now head back home with a 3-1 series lead. At this point I think most basketball observers would be shocked if Miami didn't close things out on Wednesday.
As much as I don't want to admit it, Kevin Garnett is just a shell of his former self at this point. Garnett will turn 38 years old next week. This postseason he's averaged 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in only 20.5 minutes per game.
KG is one of the most competitive professional athletes I've ever watched, and it has to be killing him to realize he can't get it done anymore. I can't imagine he'll really want to come back and grind through another season next year. There's a very good chance tomorrow night is the end of the line.
While Garnett has one year remaining on his contact (at $12 million, making him practically untradeable), Pierce will be a free agent. "The Truth" seems to have a little bit left in the tank, and could well sign somewhere else. A return to Boston wouldn't surprise me...