A defeat at the buzzer in Game 1, then a loss in Game 2 after leading for 40 minutes. The Nets leave Boston without any victory and especially with a lot of regrets.
Kevin Durant has been in trouble since the start of the series when Kyrie Irving, after a successful first run, missed his second meeting, with only 10 points at 4/13 to shoot. However, the latter preferred to focus on the success of Boston.
“I’m not surprised at all, I think it’s a matter of timing”analyzes the 2016 champion for Mass Live. “This is their moment, their window of opportunity. This team has matured. They have known seasons and series together, have gone through battles together. They have been together for four or five seasons. »
Which is obviously not the case with the Nets. The franchise thus played the 2020 playoffs without Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving (injured), then those of 2021 with its “Big Three” weakened, James Harden being affected in the hamstrings and Kyrie Irving injured in the series against the Bucks. And the club attacked those of this season without the 2018 MVP, transferred in February to the Sixers, and with Ben Simmons still in civilian clothes.
Between the injuries of Kevin Durant, the transfers and the choice of Kyrie Irving not to be vaccinated, it is the continuity of the group which has been torpedoed for a very long time. This workforce has never been able to work collectively in the best conditions. He’s paying it now.
“I had the chance to experience that”, recalls Kyrie Irving. “Now I’m in front, against a healthy team, except Robert Williams. You can see the difference in their verve, in the way they approach matches. Ime Udoka has a huge responsibility in this, as well as Brad Stevens. Our identity is what it is. We can make the effort, I think, we just have to show it, even if I talked about team cohesion. We must turn the page and learn from our current experience. »
Saying it’s currently ” the moment “ of the Celtics, hasn’t the former Cleveland point guard already given up on this series, when it is “only” 2-0 and Brooklyn will play twice in a row at home? ?
“Boston has a common experience and they don’t have to worry about that. I don’t want us to do it either, or make excuses for what’s wrong with us. It’s time to fasten our seatbelts and prepare our ammunition. »