Brooklyn Nets went into the first game of the playoff looking for an overwhelming result but came out less than impressed. Jayson Tatum was the highlight of the show, with the Celtics edging out 115-11. In a cinematic fashion, Tatum delivered with a spinning layup with no time left on the clock.
Kyrie Irving could have asked for more. With great performance, he must have expected a lot more than a disappointing last-second loss. Against quite a hostile Boston crowd, amidst his return, he scored 39 points on just 20 shots, with five rebounds along the line. The move that should have made them victorious, was the three-pointer that gave the Nets a 114-111 advantage with just 45.9 seconds on the clock.
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Against one of the most star-studded offense, Jayson Tatum stole the highlight. Also, Brown played a great part with 23 points. Tatum had said it in front of the Press, that the ex-Celtics man, Irving was responsible for providing an inspiration to his game. And it sure worked wonders, and it will, hopefully for the Boston’s loyal, continue to.
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Kevin Durant, the almighty star of the team, was nowhere to be found. Against the Boston’s strong defensive performance, he was seeing red, with an eye-watering six turnovers, that surely gave the game away. A strange performance, the giant of a man will surely bounce back from this temporary adversity to show his typical class in the rest of the series. Against Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the high flying stars of the NBA are surely brought to the ground, with a reevaluation waiting to be made, to redirect the approach in order to recover in the series.
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Even in the presence of all the chaos and hate filled hostility from the Boston crowd, Kyrie Irving kept his eye on the road. His impressive performance almost won the game, with the lead adding upto 102-98 at one point. His incredible contested jumpers were influential in filling the gap left by the opponents’ heartfelt performance.
With great power comes great responsibility. And with the status of Durant, there did come a great number of expectations to be fulfilled. While he may not have sparkled in the first game, it will be lethal to underestimate him, or worse, write him off. There might just be a great Durant comeback on the cards.
The man of the moment, Jayson tatum was the talk of the town. It couldn’t get better for the Celtics’ heartthrob. Unless, of course, a better display is on the cards.
Fixture: Boston Celtics vs Game 1
Host: Brooklyn Nets
Date & Time: 21 April 7 PM (US Time)
Venue: Barclays Center
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Predicted Lineup
Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart (PG), Jaylen Brown (SG), Jayson Tatum (SF), Al Harford (PF) and Daniel Theis (C)
Brooklyn Nets: Kyrie Irving (PG), Seth Curry (SG), Bruce Brown Jr. (SF), Kevin Durant (PF) and Andre Drummond (C)
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds & Spreads:
Brooklyn Nets is (-119) to win and Boston Celtics is (+123) to win
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Head to Head Stats
Celtics and Nets have played a total of 207 Regular Season Games, out of which, the Celtics won 134 times while the Nets won 73 times.
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Match Prediction
Boston gave a much-needed reality check to the great team. But in doing so, they have to be wary, so as to not poke the sleeping dragon. Kyrie is very much in form, and the Celtics will have to maintain the defensive efforts from the last game. But Brooklyn Nets might just find their A-game in the next match.
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