It was an terrible sports activities night time in New York on Friday, and the Brooklyn Nets have been an enormous cause why as they squandered a 15-point first quarter lead en path to a humbling loss in opposition to the shorthanded Boston Celtics in Recreation 3 of their first-round playoff sequence.
The Nets had each probability to drop the hammer on what was left of Boston’s spirit, however an incapability to cease Jayson Tatum and Marcus Sensible on the defensive finish of the ground has given the Celtics new life earlier than they welcome 17,000 followers into TD Backyard for Recreation 4 on Sunday.
Regardless of all that. Regardless of an off capturing night time from Kyrie Irving, who would possibly’ve been feeling the consequences of being jeered each time he touched the ball (go away it to opportunistic Boston followers to cuss out a former two-time All-Star, proper? And regardless of letting Tristan Thompson completely bully them on the boards, this loss was truly the very best factor that might’ve occurred to the Nets.
Earlier than you name us or delusional, hear us out for a second.
Right here’s how the Nets’ Recreation 3 loss will be seen as a optimistic.
Let’s begin by saying that we might a lot somewhat be writing a few win than a loss. Placing this sequence to mattress in 4 video games would’ve been superior so guys like Kevin Durant and James Harden, who missed a mixed 65 video games as a result of harm this season, might financial institution further relaxation earlier than they presumably lock horns with the Bucks within the subsequent spherical.
Nonetheless, this defeat might function the wake-up name the Nets wanted after they dominated the primary two video games of the sequence.
In spite of everything, the Bucks possible await in Spherical 2 and their demolition of Miami — they received the primary three video games by a mixed 65 factors and look poised to finish the sweep — proves they aren’t the identical staff from the previous few years who dominated common season play solely to fizzle out within the early rounds of the playoffs.
The very last thing the Nets want earlier than going through the Bucks is coping with potential complacency after mopping the ground with the Celtics. Possibly getting kicked within the enamel as an alternative of sweeping Boston with out breaking a sweat was simply what the physician ordered.
We’d really feel the identical approach had the Nets received, too, by the way in which. This was a dogfight till the ultimate buzzer sounded and overcoming that adversity, which they largely haven’t confronted on this sequence, will solely show to profit them in the long term this postseason.
Whereas we clearly would’ve somewhat seen Brooklyn come out on prime, followers shouldn’t overreact to this defeat. Not solely did they want a actuality examine earlier than issues get tougher in Spherical 2 (assuming they advance) and probably past, however we’re not relying on Tatum to carry out like that once more. The identical will be mentioned about Irving.