Brooklyn Nets Website URL Directs Readers to the Heat's Official Website

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The Miami Heat's second-round opponent was finally decided Sunday when the Brooklyn Nets eked by the Toronto Raptors in a 104-103 Game 7 victory.

The Nets took down Miami in all four of their regular season games this season, lending to the narrative that the Heat are now in big, big trouble after having swept the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round.

But it looks like the Heat already have a leg up on Brooklyn, because if you type in Nets.com into your browser, it'll take you to the Heat's official NBA website.

Oh, the shenanigans.

This has apparently been going on for some time for the Nets, ever since some mysterious entity has been cyber-squatting on Brooklyn's website, directing traffic to other teams' sites.

The cyber squatter has reportedly been holding the URL hostage and demanding that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov fork over a bucketload of money to get it back.

The Nets website is up and active, so long as you type in "NBA.com/nets."

All teams' sites have this address. But most teams -- including the Heat -- will be directed to their respective official sites just by typing the name of the team.

Type in Heat.com and it'll take you here.

Not so with the Nets.

Type in Nets.com, and it'll take you... well, here too.

This cyber squatter has reportedly been something of a nuisance for the Nets and, particularly, Prokhorov, for some time now. It would seem that the Heat is just his latest attempt at trying to get the Russian owner to give up the big bucks.

According to Deadspin, Nets.com has attempted to taunt Prokhorov by fueling a supposed feud with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. The site also sent visitors to a Jay Z fan site at one point and has brought up Prokhorov's 2007 prostitution scandal.

For his part, Prokhorov doesn't seem to have shown any interest in playing ball with the cyber squatter.

Deadspin suggests that the cyber squatter might get more traction if he directed visitors to a porn site or some other dark and unseemly corner of the internet.

But it looks like the back-to-back NBA Champion Miami Heat's website will do.

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