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Sunday Basketball Notes

Nets should flourish with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

Now that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are in Brooklyn, the question is whether the Nets are legitimate title contenders with their two new starters, as well as Jason Terry coming off the bench. The consensus around the league is that Pierce and Garnett do indeed have something left to offer the Nets after a difficult final season in Boston.

Pierce concluded his season being exposed by New York’s Iman Shumpert, whose defense forced Pierce to over-dribble and force shots. Pierce looked old and weathered, but an NBA assistant coach said Pierce took on too much responsibility for the Celtics after Rajon Rondo was injured.

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