Boston closes the series 4-0 with the usual suffocating defense and the points of the marvel duo. In Brooklyn, KD’s 39 points are not enough
Boston masterpiece. The Celtics closed what should have been the most complicated series of this first round by inflicting a sensational coat on the Nets, proving they can really aim for the big target this year. Also in game-4 the team of coach Udoka dominates Brooklyn with an attack rebound, defends with discipline and finds the production of the Tatum-Brown duo. Boston wins 116-112 and therefore sends the Nets on vacation much earlier than expected, a team that at the beginning of the season was considered as the big favorite in the East.
Steve Nash in the fourth race of the series is not enough even a Kevin Durant returned to his levels (39 points), too many ups and downs for the Nets and above all a constantly struggling defense against the centimeters and the aggressiveness of the Celtics. Boston in the second round will therefore see it against the winner of the Bucks-Bulls match with the defending champions 3-1 ahead.
It is a much more aggressive Kevin Durant that shows up on the Barclays Center parquet after the bad performance in race-3. KD finds pace in shooting but Brooklyn still has to pay duty on a defensive level. Boston plays much better, finds all the mismatches and punishes the shortcomings of the Nets defense. Guests arrive at +9 in the final of the first quarter, Brooklyn responds with the production of Seth Curry but Boston always finds a way to pierce the defense of the Nets. Tatum begins to warm up, Smart gives precious plays and Brown makes himself heard. On the other hand Claxton has a great desire to do in the area but when he goes to the line it’s a disaster. At half-time, the Celtics seem in total control, more than what the eight-point lead would say.
Boston stretches in the third fraction, the hosts don’t seem to have answers and every time they get close they suffer the return of Tatum and his teammates. Claxton, meanwhile, incredibly misses his first 10 free throws in a match that seems to get out of hand to the Nets, down 90-78 at the end of the third period. A good start in the last fraction gives a minimum of confidence to the Barclays public, Tatum responds present but at 8’17 ” from the end his fifth foul is whistled.
The triples of Smart and Horford keep the Nets at a distance, Brooklyn tries but it is not enough. A hand to the home team tries to give it the backhoe with a very dubious whistle that brings Tatum back to the bench with six fouls 2’49 “from the end. A tempting opportunity for the Nets who return to -1 but as always in this series they do too much defensive confusion and allow Brown and Horford to find the baskets that secure the Celtics and send Brooklyn on vacation.
Brooklyn: Durant 39 (10/20, 3/11, 10/11 tl), Curry 23, Irving 20. Rebounds: Dragic 8. Assists: Durant 9.
Boston: Tatum 29 (5/10, 4/6, 7/8 tl), Brown 22, Smart 20. Rebounds: Theis 8. Assists: Smart 11.
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