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Mets sharing Miami hotel with NBA's Nets

MIAMI -- South Florida has always had a New York flair to it, but more so this week. The Mets found themselves with company at their downtown Miami hotel, when the Brooklyn Nets checked into the same digs for their second-round NBA playoff series against the Miami Heat.

Injured Nets center Brook Lopez showed up at Marlins Park for Monday's series opener, watching batting practice from the warning track behind home plate.

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As for the rest of the Nets, Mets manager Terry Collins had not crossed paths with any basketball players at the team hotel as of Monday afternoon.

"They probably weren't [awake] when I got here," Collins quipped.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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