Game 2 Loss to the Celtics Has the Nets Grasping at Straws

The clock ticked towards zero and along the Nets sideline, two future Hall of Famers with more than 200 playoff games between them looked shook.

This was a game Brooklyn had to win. Needed to win. Should have won. A 10-point halftime lead. Help from the supporting cast.

A Celtics defense that in the first half allowed the Nets to shoot 61%. A team with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving would have to kick the game away to lose this one.

 The Nets shot 31% in the second half. Durant, in those final 24 minutes, didn’t make a field goal. Irving, lustily booed for the second game in a row, finished 4-of-13. 

Durant and Irving rank among the NBA’s most feared fourth-quarter scorers. Boston throttled the Nets 29–17 over the final 12 minutes.

Brooklyn was the NBA’s boogeyman. Two games against the Celtics and the Nets have been exposed. Durant looks tired.

He averaged 41 minutes per game in the final five games of the regular season. He logged 42 in the play-in game.

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