May 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd (right) talks with guard Deron Williams (left) against the Miami Heat during the first half in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Illini in the NBA: Deron Williams and Nets Drop Game One To Heat, 107-86

On Tuesday evening, former Illini guard Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets dropped game one of their semifinals series against the Miami Heat, 107-86.

Williams played 30 minutes in the game where he scored 17 points, made 7-of-10 from the field, hit 3-of-5 from three, hauled in three rebounds, and dished out three assists.

However, Miami’s Big 3 were just too much for the Nets on Tuesday. LeBron James lead all scorers with 22 points in the game whereas Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had 14 and 15 points respectively.

What was the blame for Brooklyn’s loss in game one? Defense.

According to ESPN, Deron Williams had this to say following the 107-86 defeat:

“It came down to defense tonight. Our defensive game plan was not executed at all.”

Both teams will get an “off” day on Wednesday before resuming the series on Thursday night with game two in Miami.

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