=== New-look Nets visit Irving and the Cavs ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - The new-look Brooklyn Nets are set to kick off the
2013-14 season when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday at Quicken
The Nets bolstered their lineup by acquiring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett,
Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry to play alongside Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson
and Deron Williams. The Nets appear to be a contender in the Eastern
Conference and anything short of one of the top three seeds would be
considered a disappointment.
Brooklyn also tabbed Jason Kidd as its new head coach.
"Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being
held accountable, and that's how I expect to coach this basketball team," Kidd
said. "I am truly excited about this next phase of my basketball career."
Brooklyn went 49-33 last season and lost in seven games to the Chicago Bulls
in the first round of the playoffs.
After the Nets visit the Cavs, they will host the two-time defending champion
Miami Heat at Barclays Center on Friday.
Cleveland should be a much better team this season with All-Star Kyrie Irving
running the show.
The Cavaliers missed the playoffs for a third straight year last season and
compiled a 24-58 record. Irving, forward Tristan Thompson and shooting guard
Dion Waiters are expected to carry the load in 2012-13. Irving battled
injuries last season and hopes to stay healthy for the new campaign.
"This is the best I've ever felt coming into a season," Irving said. "My goal
is to become the best player in the league."
Cleveland also inked much-maligned center Andrew Bynum and drafted Anthony
Bennett with the top pick over the summer.
Cavs head coach Mike Brown is back with the team for another stint.
Brooklyn won all three meetings with Cleveland last season and is 8-2 in the
past 10 matchups in this series. The Nets have prevailed in four of their last
five trips to the Q.
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