shaq.jpgSo, they're in. After a pretty rough season, the Nets managed at the very, very last moment to grab the #8 spot in the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. They accomplished this last night with a huge 3rd quarter rally to beat the Boston Celtics 102-93. Cleveland also won their contest in Toronto last night, but since the Nets had the tiebreaker, Cleveland got nothing and promptly fired everyone.

The reward for this accomplishment is a private jet to lovely Miami! South Beach bar-hopping and the occasional basketball game await Jason Kidd, Vince "Toronto Hate Me" Carter, and perhaps even Richard Jefferson, who will reportedly return for this series. The Miami locals say that South Beach actually gives the Heat an 8 to 10 point advantage for each home game due to visiting team partying, so when Vince misses that uncontested windmill dunk, you'll know why. Game 1 is this Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC.

More on the Nets' chances at the NY Times. You can buy Nets/Heat playoff tickets for Game 3 at Continental Arena here. Or, better yet, buy some NBA Legos and have a playoff game on your coffee table.

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