May 14, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) shoots past Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers (15) during the second half in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 96-94. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Illini in the NBA: Deron Williams and Nets Get Bounced From NBA Playoffs By Heat


On Wednesday evening, former Illini guard Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets were bounced from the NBA Playoffs after being defeated by the Miami Heat, 96-94.

Williams played 37 minutes in the game where he scored 17 points, made 7-of-16 from the field, hit 3-of-7 from three, hauled in four rebounds, and dished out four assists.

Lebron James and Dwyane Wade might have scored 29 and 28 points receptively while combining for 57 of Miami’s 96 points, but it was Ray Allen who was able to “stick it” to his former Celtic teammates.

With just over 30 seconds left in the game, Allen hit a huge three-pointer to put the Heat up 93-91. Both Allen and James would hit big free throws to make sure Miami got the win.

The Miami Heat will move on to the Eastern Conference Finals and will play either the Washington Wizards or Indiana Pacers.

As for Brooklyn, they will hit the offseason with some questions to answer.

The biggest question will most likely be whether or not they should resign Paul Pierce who’s contact is up following this season.

The Nets received Pirece in a trade with Boston where they gave the Celtics first-round picks in 2014, 2016, and 2018 (Boston can swap picks in 2017 if they choose).

For Deron Williams, all the focus goes on getting better next season. He is currently under contract with the Nets until 2016.


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  • Pupman

    It would be crazy not to resign Pierce, but I wouldn’t overpay him. Williams is another story. He is a good ballplayer, but not great, and his level of play has been going in the wrong direction. If I could get something BETTER than him in a trade, I would. He is too soft a ballplayer and the Nets need to toughen up.

    • Ricky Widmer

      It pains me to say, but you’re right. Williams is definitely not the same guy we saw playing for the Orange & Blue. I want to see him have success, but I feel the Nets are one messed up situation (no draft picks for how long?).

      Thanks for the comment.

      • Pupman

        That owner knows little to nothing about how to build a team. Did he think that he would throw his money all over the place and a championship team would just appear? The Nets made one foolish decision after another the past three years. From giving away the draft choice that would ultimately become Damian Lillard for Wallace and then paying Wallace an insane amount which would have brought him to the Nets without the trade, to giving away three first round picks and players and possibly a fourth pick for Pierce and Garnett, two players way past their primes, guaranteed the Nets were destroying their near future. It wasn’t like that arrangement would avail them for years to come. Prokorov just did it to get the Nets on the map and to appease Deron Williams the year earlier. Anybody who knew anything about basketball knew these moves were clearly insane from the beginning. I don’t know why the NYC area has such a propensity to get stuck with these kind of basketball team owners. They specialize in mediocrity and pay lots for it. The fans are left scratching their heads.

        • Ricky Widmer

          Do you think Pierce will retire?

          • Pupman

            No way Pierce retires now. He will stay with the Nets, or might certainly go to another team, most likely the Clippers with Rivers. On the other hand, Garnett might retire.