Celtics’ defence is forced to bend, but not break, by Kyrie

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As Kyrie Irving thrived in a hostile environment, Boston’s top-ranked defence appeared to be anything but. The Celtics, on the other hand, were able to cling on for the victory.

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It’s BOSTON, BOSTON, BOSTON, BOSTON, BOST The struggle was finally over and done with. It was, at the very least, supposed to be. The Celtics were on the verge of putting Game 1 of their first-round series with Brooklyn away in the final seconds. The teams were separated by 15 points. Kyrie Irving, the favourite villain of the New England Patriots, was on fire. Kevin Durant joined in the fun as well. Despite a strong second half, Boston’s late-season offence remained vulnerable.

Do you trust the claims about “who wants to play for the Nets”? The digital ink was flowing down the page in a few places.

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Then… what exactly happened?

Here’s how it went down: Brooklyn took possession of the ball with less than 40 seconds left in the game and was looking for the game-winning shot. The Celtics leaned on Irving for 39 points when he returned to Boston. He appeared to be choking. They got the ball to Durant while the Nets’ very long superstar, Kevin Durant, was squared up against the Celtics’ similarly long superstar, Jayson Tatum. Tatum had earlier in the game blocked one of Durant’s jumpers. As the shot clock expired, Tatum remained in Durant’s chest, resulting in a contested shot 30-footer for the former MVP.

Boston came back with a vengeance. A timeout was not requested by Udoka. “I tell the boys all the time,” Udoka said. “If we are in a good position, I will not request a timeout.” Jaylen Brown took advantage of an opening early in the game and drove to the line. Nothing. Brown delivered the ball to Smart’s left. Smart, who went 4-for-9 from three-point range, had two Nets defenders bite on a pump fake. While driving, Smart noticed Tatum. “Last second,” Smart remarked. As time expired, he delivered a fast pass to Tatum, who spun and tossed the ball in.

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Tatum’s play was described as “amazing” by Goran Dragic, a Nets defender.

“I simply went to retrieve the rebound,” the point guard explained, “and [Smart] found me.” Furthermore, “and that was merely a layup.” “It’s just a layup.”

What a satisfying conclusion. The official score for the Nets-Celtics matchup is 2-7. A No. 7 seed, on the other hand, has rarely been this dangerous in the past. Despite the fact that the Nets needed a win against the Cavaliers in a play-in game to qualify for the playoffs, they were still the Brooklyn Nets, who were on a 44-game winning streak. The Nets aren’t a significant threat even if they win a couple games. They’re a real title contender.

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