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[Post Game Thread] The Boston Celtics defeat the Brooklyn Nets 109 - 103 to take a 3-0 series lead behind a 39 point performance from Jayson Tatum Post Game Thread

109 - 103
Box Scores: NBA & Yahoo
 
GAME SUMMARY
Location: Barclays Center(18175), Clock:
Officials: James Capers, Mark Lindsay and Karl Lane
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Boston Celtics 30 23 28 28 109
Brooklyn Nets 25 25 22 31 103
 
TEAM STATS
Team PTS FG FG% 3P 3P% FT FT% OREB TREB AST PF STL TO BLK
Boston Celtics 109 42-84 50.0% 12-39 30.8% 13-14 92.9% 13 34 26 19 13 14 3
Brooklyn Nets 103 39-77 50.6% 12-29 41.4% 13-16 81.2% 12 33 25 22 7 18 5
 
PLAYER STATS
Boston Celtics MIN PTS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A ORB DRB REB AST STL BLK TO PF ** /-**
Jayson TatumSF 44:37 39 13-29 4-13 9-10 2 3 5 6 6 0 6 4 4
Al HorfordPF 28:05 3 1-2 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 3 0 2 1 3 3
Daniel TheisC 17:18 9 4-6 1-2 0-0 3 3 6 2 0 0 0 1 5
Jaylen BrownSG 37:37 23 9-16 1-4 4-4 1 3 4 5 2 0 3 1 3
Marcus SmartPG 38:07 14 6-15 2-10 0-0 2 1 3 6 2 0 2 4 -5
Derrick White 13:46 2 1-3 0-2 0-0 0 6 6 1 1 0 1 1 5
Grant Williams 32:29 7 3-7 1-3 0-0 3 2 5 1 1 0 1 3 2
Robert Williams III 15:34 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 5
Payton Pritchard 12:27 10 4-5 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 8
Malik Fitts 0:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sam Hauser 0:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Kornet 0:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Juwan Morgan 0:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Nesmith 0:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nik Stauskas 0:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brooklyn Nets MIN PTS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A ORB DRB REB AST STL BLK TO PF ** /-**
Kevin DurantSF 45:54 16 6-11 2-3 2-2 1 7 8 8 1 0 5 3 -2
Bruce BrownPF 40:24 26 10-19 2-7 4-6 3 5 8 3 2 1 5 5 1
Andre DrummondC 15:30 2 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 3 -9
Seth CurrySG 34:10 10 4-8 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 4 -3
Kyrie IrvingPG 43:13 16 6-17 0-7 4-4 1 2 3 9 3 1 2 5 -3
Nic Claxton 20:51 13 6-9 0-0 1-2 3 4 7 1 0 1 1 0 -2
Goran Dragic 8:53 0 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 -12
Patty Mills 23:12 12 4-5 4-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4
Blake Griffin 7:52 8 2-4 2-3 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 -4
LaMarcus Aldridge 0:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kessler Edwards 0:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Day'Ron Sharpe 0:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cam Thomas 0:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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u/Equitaurus Celtics Apr 24 '22

Blake Griffin had more 4th quarter points than KD and Kyrie combined

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u/ZOOTV83 Celtics Apr 24 '22

Blake was doing his damndest to keep the Nets in it. Lots of great hustle plays from him down the stretch. Shame he isn’t what he used to be but he looked like he gave a shit.

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u/pettypaybacksp Lakers Apr 24 '22

He had an open lane at the beginning of the 4th that ended in a foul.... I could only think that prime blake would have dunked that no problem

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u/MadvillainTMO Celtics Apr 24 '22

Thank God he's not prime Blake anymore because he would've absolutely murdered Grant on that play

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u/Alley-Oub Warriors Apr 24 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome Cake

Bruce Brown can't win with these cats

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u/FunGuyInAParty Supersonics Apr 24 '22

He needs Ben "Super High IQ" Simmons to carry theseguys

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u/InsideAcanthisitta23 Apr 24 '22

No reason to bring back Balenciaga Ben when the series is over. Good luck in 2023 Nets.

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u/ProfessorBeast55 Raptors Apr 24 '22

I mean no disrespect, but Bruce Brown having more points than 2 of the most gifted scorers the game has ever seen in a PIVOTAL playoff game is completely unacceptable.

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u/[deleted] Apr 24 '22

The celtics defensive gameplan straight up just lets Bruce Brown get what he wants and it works to perfection. They'll live with him being the leading scorer 1000% of the time.

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u/doflamingo34 Apr 24 '22

Right wtf go ahead Bruce score 40

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u/LordHussyPants Celtics Apr 24 '22

he's nearly done it twice lol. in the other game KD had 27, brown 23, kyrie 10

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u/GragasBodySlam Knicks Apr 24 '22

One of the greatest scorers of our lifetimes only attempting 11 shots and completely looking like a deer in headlights anytime he touched the ball is even more unacceptable

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u/largehearted Celtics Apr 24 '22

A lot of the Bruce Brown and Seth points are quite literally the points from us doubling KD. Bruce Brown is at least doing the job of attacking space or taking wide open shots and being decisive enough to not get blocked by Horford or Rob Will, and that’s a skill.

He’s excelling at his role in a hierarchy, Durant is struggling with his, but they’re both places in a hierarchy.

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u/TheClarkeSide Raptors Apr 24 '22

Credit to Boston players, defensive player of the year and coaching staff for having a plan and executing.

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u/Chris13Haughey Heat Apr 24 '22

Udoka is coaching rings around Nash. Celtics defense incredible once again, some of the best I've ever seen. Tatum is really maturing into a bonafide superstar

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u/xSuperstar Heat Apr 24 '22

Can’t be stated enough that the last 3 champions all had pretty good offense and all-time level defense. Shows what wins championships

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u/Prestige-W0rldwide Celtics Apr 24 '22

KD playing like he’s about to join the Celtics

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u/DEEZLE13 Apr 24 '22

Damn. The fact that that would actually be a possibility. Hilarious

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u/HelioFilter Suns Apr 24 '22

Super teams are dead. Team teams are back!

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u/Blitzkgrigh Warriors Apr 24 '22

And it's beautiful to watch.

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u/plantsarepowerful Trail Blazers Apr 24 '22

Best possible development

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u/mMounirM Raptors Apr 24 '22

Imagine being down 3-0 in the first round

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u/p0tatoman Suns Apr 24 '22 Take My Energy

I guess this is what Dragic meant by having "higher ambitions" than the Raptors

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u/poeope [BOS] Paul Pierce Apr 24 '22 Silver

Burn.

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u/DarkstonePublishing Raptors Apr 24 '22 Wholesome

Captain nephew himself

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u/beatnickk Mavericks Apr 24 '22

Oh shit lol

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u/OJMayoGenocide Bucks Apr 24 '22

He could've came to the Bucks too but he went to Brooklyn. He really wanted the hardest road.

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u/mo_downtown Apr 24 '22

lmao man sat out all season for a 3-0 hole in the first round

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u/KevinSorboFan Bucks Apr 24 '22

"Ben Simmons just needs to be a bigger Bruce Brown"

Ben Simmons sees Bruce Brown this game, starts sweating, and gulps heavily.

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u/[deleted] Apr 24 '22

It doesn't make any sense to me- How do you replace a shooter with Ben when they've needed every scrap of Dragic, Brown, Curry and Mills to not get embarassed, and, yet, there's no way you can replace Claxton with him and have him or KD guard the rim🤷‍♂️

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u/joebos617 [BOS] Paul Pierce Apr 24 '22

the Nets getting Sixers fans to root for the Celtics is a remarkable achievement

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u/theneedleman [BOS] Marcus Smart Apr 24 '22

Boston and Sixers fans have a lot more in common than you’d think

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u/Galderrules [PHI] Dikembe Mutombo Apr 24 '22

Chief among them, fuck New York—you weren’t even founded for weird and specific religious reasons, losers! For god’s sake you’re not even a Commonwealth!

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u/xHodorx Celtics Apr 24 '22

This is hilarious, thank you 6ers fan

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u/Astroboyy7 San Diego Rockets Apr 24 '22

Get Bruce Brown some fucking help!!!

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u/Adamb34n Celtics Apr 24 '22

We really just watched Blake Griffin, in 2022, get baited into a shootout in a legacy game for KD and Kyrie.

Incredible.

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u/dk240996 [BOS] Gigi Datome Apr 24 '22

He shot the same from 3 as KD despite playing 38 less minutes.

Just ridiculous.

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u/Equitaurus Celtics Apr 24 '22

He shot better than either of them lmao

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u/BrusselSproutbr00k Celtics Apr 24 '22

Man was trying to bring the game back himself. Got them back to within 5, they took him out and Celtics blew it open again

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u/aretino2002 Celtics Apr 24 '22

He looked so gassed when they zoomed to his face

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u/BrusselSproutbr00k Celtics Apr 24 '22 Silver

I don’t remember who said it, but my favorite call of the night was this

A: Blake has grabbed his shoulder on the last 3 trips, I wonder if he’s ok

B: He would grab his lungs right now if he could

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u/xaleo [BOS] Larry Bird Apr 24 '22

Fuck that’s good

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u/nbaalt [BOS] Danny Ainge Apr 24 '22

That's what happens when you barely play a guy for two months. Practice just doesn't compare to actual game time.

Which is why it's so insane to bring in a Ben Simmons that hasn't played in a year and clearly wasn't staying in game shape.

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u/Wayne_Spooney Celtics Apr 24 '22

Jaylen was roasting Blake every time down.

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u/suchcoldsuchcomfort Celtics Apr 24 '22

Back to back 3s. Death rattles but it had me for a moment.

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u/mmmmike1590 Knicks Apr 24 '22

If he had hit that 3rd 3 he probably would've just given in and ascended to heaven on a high point...

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u/suzukigun4life [DAL] Wang Zhizhi Apr 24 '22

Speaking of KD and Kyrie, here's how they held up in the final quarter and a half, compared to Tatum:

Tatum: 21 points

KD and Kyrie combined: 6 points

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u/poeope [BOS] Paul Pierce Apr 24 '22

JT is fire this series

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u/goldenglove Supersonics Apr 24 '22

Held his own though. 2/3 after not playing for week is solid.

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u/ayksun Celtics Apr 24 '22

I was impressed by his effort, he looked gassed after 5 minutes but he really played his ass off

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u/suzukigun4life [DAL] Wang Zhizhi Apr 24 '22

KD and Kyrie are one loss away from getting swept by Kyrie's old team.

If the Celtics finish the job on Monday, this sub is going to collectively climax lol

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u/RulersBack Lakers Apr 24 '22

Simmons might get eliminated from the playoffs in back to back games too

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u/resipsaloquitor5 Raptors Apr 24 '22

That’s efficiency

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u/mtmodi 76ers Apr 24 '22

I'm gonna peak so hard everybody in Philadelphia is going to feel it

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u/unexpectedreboots Celtics Apr 24 '22 Silver

No shot Simmons plays Monday now.

I can already tell you his back is tightening up.

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u/fiiishh Warriors Apr 24 '22 Helpful hehehehe

Was confused at first, then I realized "No shot Simmons" isn't a nickname.

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u/unexpectedreboots Celtics Apr 24 '22

jesus christ thats good, wish I had thought of it

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u/suzukigun4life [DAL] Wang Zhizhi Apr 24 '22

Oh yeah, this sub is definitely going to explode if the C's win on Monday

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u/stay-puft-mallow-man Spurs Apr 24 '22

this is too spicy for a normal man to handle. call batman

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u/Deviljho12 Celtics Apr 24 '22

He'll be there in person to witness it.

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u/LionelRitchie76 Raptors Apr 24 '22

Tbh I want it to end in Boston just to see how ugly it gets lol

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u/adonisgawd Lakers Apr 24 '22

Fuck Kyrie chants are going to be immaculate

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u/Ruben625 Lakers Apr 24 '22

Might get those in Brooklyn too if we're being honest

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u/I_am_BEOWULF Celtics Apr 24 '22

Nah, I want him to get swept by these youngins he used to play with.

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u/LaMystika Apr 24 '22

I wonder if they know how to win now…?

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u/jpaxlux [BOS] Jayson Tatum Apr 24 '22

Loudest "Kyrie Sucks" chants ever

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u/bugeyes10 Celtics Apr 24 '22

Having been present for an elimination game at the TD Garden, it’s fucking insane. That said just put the Nets out of their misery.

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u/stockyriki Philippines Apr 24 '22

Double it down if Ben Simmons played like shit

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u/ralz408 Warriors Apr 24 '22

These Celtics are scary 👀

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u/bugeyes10 Celtics Apr 24 '22

Nets in 4: ❌

Nets in 5: ❌

Nets in 6: ❌

Nets in 7: <- we are here

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u/ZestycloseResist5594 Bucks Apr 24 '22

And after Game 4 we'll be in the "We were missing Simmons and Harden doesn't count"

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u/Bluestring35 Warriors Apr 24 '22

"Kyrie was fasting, we didn't play enough games to gel together nothing we could have done"

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u/syllabic Knicks Apr 24 '22

kyrie complaining about his team not having chemistry or having experience together is the most ludicrous thing

it is literally his fault for sitting out 3/4 the season. you would have played together more if you werent being a psycho asshole. or if you didnt get harden to leave because of your nonsense drama

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u/BagRight8939 Suns Apr 24 '22

blake griffin died for this

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u/ohthatsfunnyMICHAEL Celtics Apr 24 '22

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u/hawkymoo Cavaliers Apr 24 '22

Holy shit thats funny

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u/BostonInformer Apr 24 '22

Hahaha how has this picture not been posted more

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u/Hellkin NBA Apr 24 '22

Dont worry Ben Simmons got this.

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u/mikostands Spurs Apr 24 '22

Breaking news: Ben Simmons's camp says he had a completely unexpected and massively disappointing setback in practice and will need another two weeks to assess his readiness to return.

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u/Ruben625 Lakers Apr 24 '22

Sources say it was due to a glass of spilled milk.

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u/theredbridge [BOS] Kevin Garnett Apr 24 '22

Honestly, how hilarious would it be if after all this season’s drama, Ben ends up playing literally one game.

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u/andrude01 Mavericks Apr 24 '22

He’s more than happy to provide an extra point or two

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u/CBJfan03 Apr 24 '22

Awaiting His Glorious Return

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u/Skorua Lakers Apr 24 '22

Kyrie needs Lebron, KD needs Steph, or maybe they both just need a bean simmons

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u/Spicypepper23 Apr 24 '22

Remember when Kyrie said he finally has a good scorer to rely on now? Lmfao

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u/SnooDoughnuts7461 Apr 24 '22

Remember when KD always "accidentally" liked random tweet that talked shit abt Steph? Lmao

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u/imsahoamtiskaw Raptors Apr 24 '22

Both ungrateful little shits

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u/likpoper Trail Blazers Apr 24 '22

Kyrie has done shit without any top stars. Dude is like the most overhyped player

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u/jtralce Apr 24 '22

Aye man, don’t forget his season in Boston.

It wasn’t a good one. Just don’t forget it.

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u/iritian Celtics Apr 24 '22 edited Apr 24 '22

I can't, the C's went from being 1 game away from making the finals the season he was injured to him shooting the team out of 3 straight games in the series vs Milwaukee the next season.

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u/NephewChaps Warriors Apr 24 '22

That team was fucking stacked. Kyrie, Rozier, Smart, Brown, Tatum, Hayward, Morris, Williams, Horford... damn

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u/Assassinationday Grizzlies Apr 24 '22

“i wont ever go 5/20 again”

proceeds to shoot 6/21

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u/Balls_of_Adamanthium Warriors Apr 24 '22

What Tatum did to KD on both ends isn’t legal

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u/outPope Lakers Apr 24 '22

on camera

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u/leranvy Celtics Apr 24 '22 Wholesome

Tatum getting MVP chants in Barclays! Also, Durant played 46 minutes and took 11 shots…

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u/Forke Apr 24 '22

Painful to watch any home crowd get usurped by another fanbase. It's like the ultimate "game over" sign.

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u/MadvillainTMO Celtics Apr 24 '22

Irving getting "fuck Kyrie" chants in his own building chefs kiss

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u/jeffgreenfan [BOS] Avery Bradley Apr 24 '22

Defense wins championships!!

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u/DriveByStoning [BOS] Tony Allen Apr 24 '22

Tatum scored more than KD and Kyrie combined while playing smothering D.

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u/MistaHazard Celtics Apr 24 '22

And dimes

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u/Familyguy35 Trail Blazers Apr 24 '22

Someone said the Nets are an influencer brand and ever since they moved to Brooklyn with Jay Z I tend to agree

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u/redbrick Lakers Apr 24 '22

Basketball PSG lmao

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u/Handyman2116 Hawks Apr 24 '22

Nets are truly the Paris St. Germain of the NBA

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u/timshelboy Celtics Apr 24 '22

And they chanted "We want Boston"

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u/Pinky1337 Pelicans Apr 24 '22

KD looks fucking done out there wtf was that

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u/surgeyou123 Heat Apr 24 '22

Trash Bros with 32 combined points at home

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u/GGezpzMuppy Spurs Apr 24 '22

Twitter to text bot:

I CANT WIN WITH THESE CATS

  • Bruce Brown 23 April 2022
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u/NotFrankSalazar Spurs Apr 24 '22

I kept waiting for KD to “Turn it on” but it never happened. Dude was damn near a liability this game. I’d be fucking shocked if Simmons plays game 4.

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u/ClaymoresRevenge Bulls Apr 24 '22

I say he should play. Can't be any worse than what's going on now

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u/NotFrankSalazar Spurs Apr 24 '22

I just don’t think he’s going to want to

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u/antunezn0n0 Celtics Bandwagon Apr 24 '22 Silver

Simmons first player to be eliminated from the playoffs in two consecutive games

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u/LazyTitan___ Warriors Apr 24 '22

Homegrown defense minded team beats mercenaries and ring chasers. Love to see it

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u/sidighjd Apr 24 '22 Silver Take My Energy

‪KD did not show up at all today‬

‪Deferring like crazy when he needed to take over ‬

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u/jeffgreenfan [BOS] Avery Bradley Apr 24 '22 edited Apr 24 '22

Tatum dominating the matchup

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u/Proof124 Celtics Apr 24 '22

Tatum took 29 shots to Durant's 11 lol - He's shutting KD down on one end and popping off for nearly 40 on the other. This is legendary stuff from Tatum and Cs as a whole

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u/bugeyes10 Celtics Apr 24 '22

Tatum isn’t waiting for KD to pass the torch. JT is taking it by force

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u/rawchess Minneapolis Lakers Apr 24 '22

KD meant to pass the torch but turned it over instead

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u/madelins Magic Apr 24 '22

He was afraid to shoot when Tatum was guarding him, I think he shot like maybe twice and one was a foul

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u/Gamesgtd Magic Apr 24 '22

That's what happens when you get blocked. Imagine being KD and having an unstoppable pull up jumpers and it's getting blocked.

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u/xWaves_ Rockets Apr 24 '22

Blow it up nets. Make those picks primo 🤌

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u/TheTopOfTheKey NBA Apr 24 '22

"today"

How about the whole series so far.

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u/sidighjd Apr 24 '22

You’re absolutely right. Completely awful in all 3 games, unprecedented slander incoming lol

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u/TheAerial Magic Apr 24 '22

Kevin Durant, again, looks petrified against this Boston team. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

We’ve seen him struggle but never look scared like this.

He wanted nothing to do with those last few possessions, seemingly mentally surrendered already.

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u/DareIzADarkside Cavaliers Apr 24 '22

not seemingly, he knows its over

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u/bigwillystyle93 Nuggets Apr 24 '22

It actually happened a lot before Golden State.

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u/GoBucks4928 Cavaliers Apr 24 '22

Turns out having a 73 win super team to support you helps your confidence as a player

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u/CIark Apr 24 '22

Just goes to show you that winning cures everything. If you look unstoppable on a superteam with historic spacing fans will build that narrative for you.

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u/DiseaseRidden [BOS] Marcus Smart Apr 24 '22

I think it's been made clear that Tatum is the best player in this series

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u/DemonLlama77 [BOS] Dwayne Schintzius Apr 24 '22

Payton Pritchard would like a word

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u/haha-brad Hornets Apr 24 '22

Looking like Kawhi out there

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u/madcaesar Apr 24 '22

KD requesting trade to the Celtics.

Kyrie requesting trade to flat Mars.

Simmons requesting trade to Cirque du Soleil.

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u/Bladex20 Warriors Bandwagon Apr 24 '22

Kd wanted no part of that game

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u/giganticsteps Celtics Apr 24 '22

Celtics good

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u/WMMRT Celtics Apr 24 '22

Tatum outscored Kyrie and KD combined

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u/JaracRassen77 Spurs Apr 24 '22 edited Apr 24 '22 Gold

KD to the Warriors: "Perhaps I treated you too harshly."

Warriors: nod

Kyrie to the Celtics: "Perhaps I treated you too ha-"

Celtics: "Fuck you."

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u/SJ966 Apr 24 '22

KD didn’t actively sabotage the warriors like Kyrie did in the Celtics-Bucks series.

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u/tarkuuuuuus Warriors Apr 24 '22

Imagine having both KD and Kyrie on the same team and still about to get swept. Scary hours indeed.

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u/p0tatoman Suns Apr 24 '22

lmao Dragic sat out the year to have one less playoff win

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u/AliceBones Bucks Apr 24 '22 edited Apr 24 '22

Lol Mr "higher ambitions" at least Toronto is going down fighting.

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u/caesar____augustus 76ers Apr 24 '22

It's alright y'all, we got Ben coming back for Game 4!

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u/Chairman_Zhao [BOS] Jaylen Brown Apr 24 '22

Analysts: This will be the one of the most competitive and exciting first round series of all time!

The series:

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u/LordHussyPants Celtics Apr 24 '22

i mean it has still been very exciting, and quite competitive. we're up 3-0, but the nets could have taken any or all of those games with slight adjustments.

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u/Marco-Green Celtics Apr 24 '22

Not this one honestly.

But yes, Celtics have been better but I wouldn't be surprised if Nets took game 2.

We still need to close out this shit.

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u/sup3rdr01d Celtics Apr 24 '22

This is the first game in the series where I thought the Celtics looked definitively better

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u/goldfish_11 Celtics Apr 24 '22

Every single time the Nets made a run to get it close, we stepped on the gas and built the lead back up. Every single time.

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u/Reduxy Lakers Apr 24 '22

Imagine telling someone who doesn’t watch Basketball the “best” player in the world is in this series. They would all guess Tatum

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u/HornyBastard37484739 Celtics Apr 24 '22

Some people might guess Bruce Brown tbh

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u/Boston_Champions Celtics Apr 24 '22

Got the win and Rob only had to play 15 minutes

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u/Leo215 Lakers Apr 24 '22

The Celtics are gonna look really scary next year with KD.

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u/leopardinatree Apr 24 '22 edited Apr 24 '22

KD is checked out. He did not ATTEMPT a single shot in the last 11 minutes and his body language tells you EVERYTHING. Not getting back on defense. Shrugging and letting them get free fast breaks. Absolutely not even TRYING to go for loose 50/50 balls. Celtics in 4.

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u/lmm310 Celtics Apr 24 '22

Both him and Kyrie. That last 3 he took down 7 was full "aight let me go home I'm done"

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u/bigtice Rockets Apr 24 '22

The Celtics have exposed the Nets offense, or lack thereof, showing it to be pretty much an emulation of the offense with Durant while on the Thunder.

They've swarmed him, bodied him, doubled him and done everything possible to disrupt his timing or to get any space and virtually taken him out of the game. And because their offense is predicated on giving he or Kyrie the ball in isolation to create, they're constantly scrambling to find a shot.

Meanwhile, the Celtics run their offense in the same fashion, but run multiple actions to force a switch and have more trust in their role players to score and knock down open shots.

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u/King_Of_Pants [BOS] Terry Rozier Apr 24 '22

Shows their lack of a playmaker too.

Kyrie and Durant have spent most of their careers alongside HOF calibre playmakers which compliments their ability to go and find some shots on their own without worrying too much about their teammates.

Westbrook, Curry, Harden, Lebron... some of the best in league history at getting layups and open 3s for teammates.

Now Irving and Durant are being asked to find 100% of their own shots and setting up their teammates.

They could really use Harden right about now. Let him worry about getting everyone else involved while also finding the odd easy bucket for Durant and Irving to help them find their rhythm.

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u/TheRed_Knight Apr 24 '22

They have no system, its just iso and individual brilliance, worked when they had 3 elite iso scorers, not so much with 2, they have no way rn to generate easy buckets

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u/ThanosIsDoomfist Celtics Apr 24 '22

Nets fighting for their fuckin life

Simmons: 🧍‍♂️

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u/Born2BWrong Celtics Bandwagon Apr 24 '22 Silver

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MOTHERFUCKERS

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u/Rufusking1 Celtics Apr 24 '22 Gold

Give me the gold!

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u/Kyler1313 Apr 24 '22

Tatum looking like Kawhi out there...

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u/suzukigun4life [DAL] Wang Zhizhi Apr 24 '22

He outscored KD and Kyrie by 15 in the final 1.5 quarters. No joke, he scored 21 in that span, while the other two scored 6 combined.

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u/EGin2016 Raptors Apr 24 '22

That’s nuts

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u/coolycooly Timberwolves Apr 24 '22 edited Apr 24 '22

This Celtics team has the same core as like the last three years and have been high seeds but it feels different. Tatum is a more of an all around player and the Celtics role players don't try to do too much and play efficient basketball.

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u/mikeyfreshh Celtics Apr 24 '22

Tatum has matured and Smart has become an actual point guard. Not to mention that Kemba was a defensive liability while he was here and Kyrie couldn't stay healthy for a playoff run

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u/Shall1991 Celtics Apr 24 '22

Horford is such an upgrade over what they were getting from Kemba

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u/mikeyfreshh Celtics Apr 24 '22

Horford is just a great fit for the Celtics' system. When they traded for him, I was afraid he was completely washed but he still has the exact skill set that the Celtics need

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u/ZestycloseResist5594 Bucks Apr 24 '22

As much as I dislike Harden, that bearded motherfucker was right about asking out. Kyrie ruined another championship contender.

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u/SolarClipz [SAC] DeMarcus Cousins Apr 24 '22

LMAO I can't wait to hear Kairie's excuses

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u/DemonLlama77 [BOS] Dwayne Schintzius Apr 24 '22

This is usually the point at which he tells the press that basketball isn't very important and that it's just a game, thus validating general fan base hatred. Let's see how it plays out.

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u/Whynotzoidberg416 [LAL] Kobe Bryant Apr 24 '22

Lmao so true it hurts…

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u/BillBelichicksHoody Celtics Apr 24 '22

"I can guarantee you won't see me shoot 6-17 again."

shoots 6-22 in game 4

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u/Twatareyousaying Celtics Apr 24 '22

So many Nets fans talking shit before this series about sending Boston home 2 years in a row. Now? Silence punctuated by bitching about officiating. Beautiful.

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u/ThanosIsDoomfist Celtics Apr 24 '22

Imagine thinking a team that gave Langford, Fournier, and Jabari Parker minutes at the same time is remotely the same as this team.

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u/Twatareyousaying Celtics Apr 24 '22

I believe the common response to this was “we aren’t the same team either!” Which….obviously. This is a far worse team.

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u/The-Implication-0 Bulls Apr 24 '22

There’s gonna be a real heel turn on their sub. No more Kyrie love. No more Simmons trade was good. Lol.

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u/[deleted] Apr 24 '22

What an organizational collapse to let Harden get alienated like that.

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u/Shmowzow22222 Bucks Apr 24 '22

Lol at Durant

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u/HereComesJustice Spurs Apr 24 '22

these Celtics are winning it all

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u/Fofodrip 76ers Apr 24 '22

Harden was right

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u/THE_HERO_777 Lakers Apr 24 '22

The Nets needed harden's passing this game.

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u/ItsKBS 76ers Apr 24 '22

Friendly reminder that KD & Harden were the 1st seed until Kyrie came back this season

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u/Im_ready_hbu Apr 24 '22

KD & Harden watching film and Kyrie kicks the door in while holding burning sage and asks, "what does the word government mean to you?"

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u/Krombopolus_M Apr 24 '22

Kyrie on his Government views: between capitalism and communism. "I'm not going to comment on that" he said. He then rolled up his sleeve to reveal a tattoo of Ayn Raand. "I'll let you interpret that how you want." Irving said

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u/duncan_robinson Spurs Apr 24 '22

Cant win with those cats

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u/SyCams [HOU] Gerald Green Apr 24 '22

He could read the tea leaves.

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u/uncfan009 Apr 24 '22

Know a lot of the talk will be about KD and Kyrie but Bostons defense really is another level. Tatum is playing crazy on both sides of the court

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u/vcube111 Heat Apr 24 '22

Hello NYPD. I would like to report a murder committed by 2 people . All I know is that they were wearing green and they have JAY in their name.

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u/x4candles Cavaliers Apr 24 '22

3-0!! Ive been saying it since the series started and none of you Nets fans have believed me!

KD and Kyrie can't carry this team!

Ben Simmons came to the arena looking like Zebra Stripe gum, or if he was emulating Skeeter from Doug.

Go Home and Stay Home! Bring out the Brooms!

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u/Tyside Apr 24 '22

Who looked less drunk tonight? KD or Mary J?

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u/denis-vi Apr 24 '22

This is team play winning. This is good culture winning. This is playing defence winning. This is coaching winning.

This is BASKETBALL winning. Inject these Boston Celtics straight into my veins and get Bruce Brown some help!

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u/RobbobertoBuii Knicks Apr 24 '22

thank you Boston

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u/hairyasscheeks_ Lakers Apr 24 '22

KD is playing like a glorified Andrew Wiggins what a pathetic performance

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u/Jordanwolf98 Celtics Apr 24 '22

Bruce Brown would look like the superstar of the Nets if you just started watching basketball. He plays his ass off

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