Celtics resist the awakening of Kevin Durant and sweep the net!

Those who bet the Celtics “sweep” the nets (there weren’t many of them …) can break champagne! Jason Tatum and his family confirmed the impression made by the previous three meetings and did not miss their first chance to close the chain on the floor of New Yorkers. And so Boston continues its playoffs where the Nets will have to start reflecting.

With plenty of eyes on him, Kevin Durant was more consistent in attack in the early moments, despite the Celtics’ defense still well in place.

His good start to the game, saddled with Nick Claxton’s disastrous free-throw passes, didn’t stop the Celtics, who were cleaner on the penalty line, from dominating a game… that would never be done. Substitutes Derek White and Grant Williams soon contributed, and Boston finished the lead after one quarter (26-30).

That gap widened in the second quarter with a streak of baskets scored by Jason Tatum. The latter was also selfless by finding Grant Williams twice, left alone in the corner. The Celtics gave the feeling of turning the ball better while the nets relied more on exploits, finishing or creation to find Nick Claxton’s precision, Kevin Durant. He already had 20 points at the break, while Kyrie Irving was very erased, but Brooklyn was still ahead (50-58).

The nets sometimes lacked serious defensiveness, like this oversight of Kyrie Irving against Jaylen Brown, who was served by Marcus Smart, when bringing the Nets defense back into place (56-67). Marcus Smart himself started dribbling before sending Rob Williams down the “alley” for the game’s lone basket. Then Jason Tatum turned an award-winning basket into a racket head…with the board. A good sign for those Celtics who saw their young star follow up with a contested “fadeaway” and then an “up and under” action in front of Kevin Durant. Then Al Horfords and Derek White made the biggest gap in favor of the visitors (75-90) at the end of the third quarter.

Seeming to be on the verge of collapse, the Nets reacted thanks to the outside title of Seth Curry, composed almost 9-0. This was followed by several sequences of basket exchange, with networks primarily in the interaction. Five minutes into the end, while Blake Griffin was having a pretty inside fight, helpful Goran Dragic put Brooklyn back into possession (99-102) with a “reverse pass” in the transition, then an award-winning basket with his plate as well.

Despite Jason Tatum’s six fouls three minutes from the end of time, Boston didn’t panic. Kevin Durant had grabbed Grant Williams with a “runner” to cut the gap to one point (108-109), Jaylen Brown answered under the circuit. “KD” missed a winning shot and a decisive free throw, 20 seconds left, after which Marcus Smart went easily on the counter-attack and Al Horford sealed the Nets’ fate with a single click.

What to remember

Celtics, qualified first! While we were fantasizing about it as one of the longest streaks in this first round, the Celtics took out the broom. They were the only team that could still do that at this point because all the other teams had lost at least one match. The C’s must now wait for the series winner between the Bucks and Bulls, which is currently in favor of the defending champions (3-1).

Networks inside are not answered. Steve Nash has tried several combinations. He quickly went from Andre Drummond, after only four minutes of play, to dispatch Nic Claxton, even before Blake Griffin was called up again, while still yielding to LaMarcus Aldridge. The nets often suffered from a lack of size and weight in the racket as well as in the outside positions. As a result, Boston won the rebound battle again and, for the fourth time in the series, scored more points on the opponent’s racket (44 to 32).

Nick Claxton’s historical folly in free throws. Of the first two bricks that hit the board, we suspected that he would spend a complex evening on the line … it did not fail. The interior of the nets, who is also the author of a good game in the game, weighed heavily on his team by missing… his first 10 throws. The young pivotal player, who achieved 58% of success in the regular season before diving into the playoffs, gave himself a shameful record held by Shaquille O’Neal. In 2006, the latter started a playoff with 0/8 on the goal line.

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Kevin Durant. We can’t blame the winger for not taking his responsibilities in this part. Despite his awkwardness behind the arc, he had the most play for the nets, finishing and creating, while Kyrie Irving settled on 13 shot attempts.

Jason Tatum. Despite losing the ball and making an early exit with six fouls (after a controversial encounter with Goran Dragic, after his coach had already used his challenge to counter his fifth foul, attacking, a little earlier), the winger signed a very dangerous attack, without forcing. .

Marcus Smart. A rare double for the Celtics captain who shone with his ‘playing industry’ attributes tonight by losing just one ball. Show confidence once again with his three-point shot.

✅ ⛔ Keri Irving. Where did the flamboyant Kyrie Irving go in Game 1? Having missed the next two matches, the leader signed a surprise match by taking a little bit of the match on his own, preferring to let Kevin Durant leave. But we expected more from him in such a playoff, especially after 45 minutes of play.

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Celtics : Semifinal Conference against the Bucks-Bulls Series winners.

Clear : holidays.

Clear / 112 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
K. Durant 47 13/31 3/11 10/11 1 6 7 9 4 1 4 0 -6 39 33
B Brown 24 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 0 -7 2 3
Alf Drummond 4 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 -3 0 0
K Irving 45 6/13 2/3 6/6 1 4 5 5 1 0 2 2 -3 20 23
jog 38 9/13 5/9 0/1 0 4 4 2 3 0 0 2 -1 23 26
B. Griffin 18 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 2 3 4 2 1 0 0 +10 0 5
The Claxton 23 6/6 0/0 11/1 2 4 6 2 2 2 0 3 -7 13 16
G. Dragic 24 4/6 2/4 0/0 3 5 8 4 5 1 2 0 +6 10 19
B Mills 19 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 -9 5 3
sum 41/81 13/35 17/29 8 30 38 28 23 5 10 7 112
Celtics / 116 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
J Tatum 36 9/16 4/6 7/8 0 3 3 5 6 0 6 0 +10 29 23
A Horford 26 5/9 3/5 0/0 2 4 6 1 4 0 1 0 +4 13 15th
Dr.. This 20 2/4 0/1 2/2 3 5 8 1 4 1 2 1 +5 6 13
Mr. Smart 37 7/16 3/7 3/4 1 4 5 11 4 0 1 0 +9 20 25
J Brown 38 9/20 0/5 4/5 0 8 8 3 1 1 1 0 +4 22 21
J. Williams 33 5/8 4/6 0/0 0 3 3 1 3 0 1 3 +1 14 17
R Williams III 14 1/4 0/0 1/2 4 1 5 0 4 1 1 0 -3 3 4
white d 27 4/10 0/4 1/1 0 6 6 2 1 0 0 0 -2 9 11
P. Pritchard 9 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 -8 0 1
sum 42/89 14/35 18/22 10 35 45 26 28 3 13 4 116

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