Revenge is a dish finest served spinning by way of the lane off the plate of Kyrie Irving, and although they’re at residence proper now “ready out” the play-in video games to study their opponent, the Brooklyn Nets are undoubtedly licking their chops.
Although the Boston Celtics could also be theoretically essentially the most proficient staff left within the four-team event area, in addition to the odds-on favorites to emerge and play Brooklyn within the first spherical of the particular NBA Playoffs, they’re additionally simply the staff the Nets are most captivated with encountering.
Why? The butt of so a few years of jokes is not going to solely be favored in that collection, however ought to be favored to comb.
Watching the Celtics bench all seven of their prime rotation gamers within the season’s closing sport towards the New York Knicks advised you all you should learn about the place their momentum stands heading into the event. With their seeding locked in and nothing to be gained (in idea) by pushing Jayson Tatum or Kemba Walker, Brad Stevens as a substitute opted to march grimly in the direction of the executioner, hoping his troops resolve to rally themselves as a substitute over the course of the subsequent few days.
Jaylen Brown received’t be returning, and Tatum can’t do it alone, in fact. He might use a fully-unleashed working mate at level guard. A stunning scorer with no restrictions.
Kyrie Irving may assist. Ha.
Over the previous a number of years, “NBA Twitter” has turn into a cesspool of copy-pasted replies, knee-jerk reactions, and folks arguing with counterpoints they’ve invented in their very own heads. Because the well-known tweet goes, each day, somebody logs on to boast about Steph Curry’s stat line, commenting, “However I used to be advised Steph wasn’t shooter…”
Nope. You had been by no means advised that.
On this inconsiderate realm, although, it’s turn into canon to proclaim the Celtics-Nets commerce involving Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce heading to Brooklyn in trade for a number of years’ price of draft picks to be an historic fleecing, the worst of the worst on this league’s lengthy historical past (a historical past most of NBA Twitter can agree has lasted between three and 5 years).
Besides, effectively…the veteran management by no means materialized in Brooklyn, certain. The Celtics had been capable of draft Tatum and Brown, completely. However neither staff received a title within the intervening years. Neither staff made an NBA Finals between that transaction and at present. And, at this second, the Nets are a lot nearer to doing so, assembling a closet of stars after establishing a tradition whereas the Celtics financial institution on two younger bananas with out the third centerpiece.
Once more, Irving is likely to be useful. The place’d he play earlier than heading to Brooklyn? A type of green-with-envy groups that’s at all times performing disrespected, if we recall appropriately.
If Nets-Celtics materializes subsequent week — And it won’t! This rudderless Celtics staff that loves falling behind by 10+ may simply do it once more twice! — not a sole in Boston will probably be prepared to observe it, however they are going to achieve this anyway.
They may achieve this after years of creating jokes on the Brooklyn Nets’ expense, believing they’d buried them in a deep sufficient gap, not realizing they forgot to fill it in. They may achieve this after almost a decade of gritting their enamel by way of commerce deadlines, at all times prepared to elucidate why the worth Danny Ainge was requested to pay for top-shelf expertise was truly not price it in the long term. They may achieve this at the same time as they understand that “long term” didn’t run lengthy sufficient.
They may inform you Kyrie Irving merely didn’t wish to be in Boston long-term (identical with Mookie Betts), though he made it fairly clear upon arrival that he was emotionally invested within the franchise’s success. Any souring of the connection couldn’t be their fault, proper? Despite the fact that Anthony Davis’ father swore his son would by no means play for the possession group that traded a hobbled Isaiah Thomas and hung him out to dry after he delivered their biggest single season since 2007-08?
Nothing is ever the Celtics’ fault, in the identical manner that nothing can ever be modified. The C’s fleeced the Nets a technology in the past, and it’s been written within the stars ever since that the 2 franchises’ fates can’t be flipped.
Besides subsequent week, if the Nets do draw the Celtics, Boston will probably be staring down the barrel of a gun making flimsy excuses in regards to the “illness of extra,” when actually extra factors may’ve helped them even the rating considerably.
Who is aware of? Maybe in just a few years, when Brown and Tatum’s futures are unsure and the Celtics are in want of some veteran moxie, the Nets can provide you with a past-his-prime James Harden commerce package deal.
It’s going to price you, although.