The last game 3 in the 1st round of the playoffs is between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets. Leading the series 2-0, the Celtics enter the Nets’ home turf to win another game and confirm their chances of going to the next round. The Nets desparately need this win in order to stay in the competition and to reduce the stressful environment as much as possible.
The Brooklyn Nets went with their starting lineup of Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry, Bruce Brown Jr, Kevin Durant and Andre Drummond. The Boston Celtics started with Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Daniel Theis.
The Nets started the game with an urgency to win. They got the first basket but the Celtics were quick to retaliate with their scoring. The Celtics from the 1st quarter have decided to suffocate and tire Durant as much as they can.
Kyrie took the charge and he was scoring at will in the first quarter. Bruce Brown was also getting free looks since the Celtics were double teaming Durant. KD got some looks in the 1st quarter but he wasn’t getting anything else.
In the 2nd quarter, the Celtics were keeping their defensive gameplan as it was. They put Marcus Smart on Irving to limit his attack. They were successful defensively. But in the offensive side, they struggled to get their shots to fall. Still they held their lead with a score of 53-50.
In the 2nd half, Celtics went with a bit of a change and they put Tatum to guard Durant. That was a masterplan as Tatum stole ball after ball from Durant and not allowing him to get to his spot. Evidently, Durant was huffing and puffing from being so closely guarded for the entire game.
Irving was struggling to score as well. He couldn’t shoot a single 3 in the entire game and was having a difficult time scoring. The Nets played horrible basketball in the 3rd quarter as they turned the ball over 7 times giving the Celtics some very easy baskets. Tatum was also scoring a lot and making the Nets feel vulnerable.
With a huge lead entering into the 4th quarter, Tatum knew he had to finish the game so he focused his energy on the offensive side. The Nets had no response for the Celtics offense and they kept on falling behind. Their stars were tired, their role players were inefficient and their defense crumbled faster than a lego puzzle. They fell into the Celtic’s trap and could not do anything about it.
Jayson Tatum was the star of the game putting up 39 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Jaylen Brown supported him with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Marcus Smart was crucial as well putting up 14 points, 6 assists and 2 steals.
From the Nets’ side, Bruce Brown led in scoring as he was free most of the time because of how the Celtics guarded Durant and Kyrie. He put up 26 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block. Durant put up 16 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 turnovers. Kyrie had 16 points, 9 assists and 3 steals going 35% from the field and 0 for 7 from 3-point.
Takeaways from Game 3
The Boston Celtics bagged game 3 as well with a scoreline of 109-103. They have now taken a 3-0 lead in the series. They can be glad with the fact that their game plan worked and they were able to contain 2 of the most skilled clutch scorers in NBA history. The Nets are now on death’s doors and their loss was not at all expected by anyone in the NBA world. It was supposed to be a tough 7-game series. Instead we might be looking at a possible sweep.