The Boston Celtics lead the Brooklyn Nets two games to zero in a best of seven series. The series could not have gone any better for the Celtics so far. Their defensive presence on Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant has been outstanding so far. Led by total team effort and Jayson Tatum making plays on both sides of the basketball, it is not a surprise that the Celtics are leading the series.
Total Team Effort
In the first two games, the Celtics have displayed a total team effort. Tatum hit the game-winning layup in game one. In-game two, they were down by 17 points at one point in the game but came back and won.
With a minute and 45 seconds left in the first half of Game 2, the Celtics went on a 7-0 run to only be down 10 at halftime. Later on, with 7 minutes and 49 seconds left of the game, Peyton Pritchard hit a three-point shot off of a pass from Tatum that gave Boston its first lead.
Tatum Making Plays
After his 31-point scoring effort in Game 1, including the game-winning layup, he only had 19 points in Game 2. Starting out a rough 0-5 shooting, Tatum still had a knack for making plays in big moments. In the second half, Tatum scored 12 of his 19 total points.
He has also dished out 18 total assists so far in the series – the most in a two-game span of his career.
Are The Nets Done?
Durant struggled in Game 2, turning the ball over six times along with shooting only 4-17 from the field. Irving had a subpar performance as well, shooting 4-13 from the field. It was the first time in 55 games on the court as teammates that both players shot worse than 33 percent.
The Nets are 0-12 all-time when they fall behind 2-0 in a 7-game series – the Celtics are 49-2 when leading 2-0. The C’s have beaten the Nets five games in a row and have done a great job of making Durant and Irving work for everything on offense. The biggest problem for the Nets is they are too reliant on their two stars in isolation situations. That is what the Celtics want from the Nets – for them to go one-on-one with a defender making them work against multiple defenders for tough baskets.
Steve Nash will not let this team give up, but with the Nets being overly reliant on both players, it is going to be tough sledding for them to get four wins in the next five games against a rugged Celtics defense.
Though initially predicting the Celtics to win in seven games, this series is in danger of being in four.
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