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Pierce, Garnett experiment a letdown

Former Celtics came to the Nets with a bang, and may leave with barely a whisper

Updated: May 16, 2014, 3:28 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce rode into Brooklyn last summer inspiring a tsunami of hope.

The thinking was that importing their title-winning experience and toughness could help make the Nets instant title contenders. And if the two future Hall of Famers did that, then the windfall of draft picks and players Brooklyn traded to Boston for them would seem worth it.

But what the Nets got instead was only five playoff wins, and several strong hints over the past ...

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