Playoff Review: Boston Celtics Suffocate Brooklyn Nets In Game 2

Playoff Review: Boston Celtics Suffocate Brooklyn Nets In Game 2

Game 2 of the playoffs are underway with teams either trying to even the series or extending their lead. The Boston Celtics went up against the Brooklyn Nets for game 2. Coming into this game, the Nets were looking to tie the series and show the Celtics why the duo of Kyrie and KD are to be field.

The Celtics went with a starting lineup of Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Daniel Theis. The Nets started with Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry, Bruce Brown Jr, Kevin Durant and Andre Drummond.

Game Summary

With the opening tip, the Nets were controlling possession getting the first basket and going on a 11-2 run. The Celtics were struggling to shoot and were making bad plays due to the Nets defense which was more focused on the perimeter. They got good looks in the interior. The Nets on the other hand were scoring but Durant was having a hard time as the Celtics defense were collapsing on him every time he made a move.

In the 2nd quarter, the Celtics were keeping up their defense on the Nets and not allowing Durant to do whatever he wants. Irving was having a rough shooting night and he was kept in check by Marcus Smart. The Celtics were having trouble in scoring but their defense has helped keep their opponents on bay. The Nets ended the half with a score of 65-55.

The 2nd half started with the Celtic focusing on getting their shots up well along with defending Kyrie and Durant. It was great to see such beautiful ball movement from the Celtics side. They were being patient and they took their time getting the shots up. Plus their suffocating defense on Durant and Irving’s shooting slump could not have come at a better time. However, they were still down by 5 points by the end of the 3rd.

In the 4th quarter, the Celtics offense was carried by Brown and Tatum. They attacked the rim as well as shot from 3. They kept on their offense and they soon took a lead in the game. Thanks to their defense, Durant could not make any shot and was sent to the line for most of the time.

Irving could not get it going and neither anyone from the Nets roster. It was the first time since a long time to see Durant so fumbled and frustrated and not making baskets. With no one to cover the score gap, the Nets fell to the Celtics.

Box Score

Jaylen Brown throttled his team on the offensive end with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Jayson Tatum had a rough shooting night but put up a double-double with 19 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. Al Horford had a good shooting night with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.

Grant Williams came off the bench and gave 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Daniel Theis was instrumental as well with 15 points and 6 rebounds. It was great to see such ball movement where everyone scores and being the main reason for flustering the defense.

Kevin Durant led the game with most points having 27 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. But he went just 4 for 17 from the field. Bruce Brown had a better game 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. Seth Curry shot well from beyond the arc making 16 points in 4 off 6.

Goran Dragic came off the bench to provide some spark on the offence with 18 points. Kyrie Irving had his worst performance in a playoff series in his career with just 10 points going 30% from the field.

Takeaways from Game 2

The Boston Celtics won game 2 with a scoreline of 114-107. They have now extended their lead to 2-0 in the series. As far as the Celtics game plan goes, they are doing an excellent job and are looking most likely to win the series.

The Nets need to step up big time if they want to prevail in the Playoffs. Durant and Irving’s poor performance is unacceptable as without those two superstars, the Nets aren’t going anywhere. With the series on the line, coach Steve Nash needs to fix some of his problems and come up with a better plan for Game 3.

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