NBA Play-In Tournament: Brooklyn Survives Elimination to face Boston in Playoffs
Brooklyn defeats Cavaliers 115–108 to advance in the playoffs against 2nd seed Boston Celtics. Plus, there will be predictions and a playoff preview discussion between the defensive Boston Celtics and the offensive Brooklyn Nets.
What a way to make an emphatic statement to advance in the playoffs!
The heroics of NBA Champion Kyrie Irving led with 34 points and 12 assists, combined with 2-time NBA Champion Kevin Durant’s 25 points and 11 assists ignited the win against Cleveland. From start to finish, it was Irving who put on the gas pedal with an almost perfect scoring night. In the first half alone, Irving put up a perfect 10–10 from the field and scored everywhere.
From the midrange to the three-pointer, driving in the lane for a layup. This guy has been masterful in this game.
If you don’t believe me, take a look below at his own highlights:
Now if this Kyrie shows up against the top 2nd defense in Celtics, the Nets can win the East. The key factor for this team is Ben Simmons, who has yet to play since his questionable decision to close out the game against the Atlanta Hawks last year in the playoffs. Simmons’s target debut is in Game 4 of the playoffs, which can be scary good for the Nets.
Brooklyn vs. Celtics 1st Round Preview
The rematch of last year’s 1st round playoff match-up is set to be the game everyone will be watching. This game can be the Celtics’ redemption after losing in 5 games against the same Nets team that had James Harden. This time around, it will be a new scary trio of Durant, Irving, and Simmons. You have two of the greatest scorers, shotmakers, and closers the game has ever seen in Durant and Kyrie.
Then there is Simmons, who is the best defender and facilitator in the game. A 2-time All-Defensive First Team and a 3-time All-Star, Simmons is close to returning to the floor and helping his team fight off one of the 2 best defensive teams in basketball.
The Boston Celtics.
You can call them the ‘Bad Boy Celtics’.
After the All-Star break, the Celtics were on a defensive tear like any we have seen since the 90’s ‘Bad Boy Pistons’ era. Let me remind you, readers, that this Celtics team will not back down from a fight. This is not the same Celtics team of last year when the Nets took them out in 5 games.
This same Celtics team is better defensively, as well as offensively with the combination of 2 All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Then on the defensive side, you got Robert Williams III, who is set to return in the series, and Marcus Smart, who is their leader in defense. Along with the bench who contribute, those boys are something to behold.
Based on what transpired thus far and the development between these two teams, the team that has the edge to go the distance is the Brooklyn Nets, and here is why. The Nets have the elite talent. The experience. The two closers, elite facilitators, and finishers. Most of all, championship experience from Patty Mills, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
In the end, due to the Celtics' defensive prowess, this series can go 7 games.
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