Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets Round 1 Game 5 6/1/21


The collection shifts again to Brooklyn because the Nets attempt to shut out the collection with a win in Sport 5. The Nets received the primary recreation 104-93 and the second recreation 130-108, with each video games in entrance of a full crowd in Brooklyn. The Celtics received the third recreation 125-119 in Boston with a 25% crowd offering boos for Kyrie Irving and cheers for his or her Celtics.

For Sport 4, the Celtics had a full capability crowd. Nevertheless, with Kemba Walker, Robert Williams and Jaylen Brown out, they merely didn’t have sufficient to outscore the Nets or to maintain them from scoring. As with Sport 3, Kyrie was booed each time he touched the ball however he shook that off to complete with 39 factors, 11 rebounds and a pair of assists. Durant added 42 factors whereas Harden completed with 23 factors and 18 assists. Jayson Tatum as soon as once more led the Celtics with 40 factors and so they acquired contributions from a number of of the younger guys, however it simply wasn’t sufficient to beat Brooklyn’s 3 stars.

Kemba Walker missed Sport 4 with a bone bruise on his knee and he’s listed as uncertain for this recreation. Robert Williams left recreation 3 with an ankle sprain and in addition missed recreation 4. He’s additionally listed as uncertain for this recreation. Jaylen Brown stays out after having wrist surgical procedure. For Sport 4 Marcus Good moved to the purpose and Romeo Langford began at taking pictures guard. I’m going to guess that Brad will go together with that beginning lineup once more if Kemba can’t go on this recreation.

For the Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie stays out with an ACL tear that has stored him out a lot of the season. Jeff Inexperienced left Sport 3 with a foot damage and can miss this recreation with a strained plantar fascia. Alize Johnson will miss his second straight recreation, however since he wasn’t a part of the common rotation, and so probably received’t be missed on this recreation.

Possible Celtics Starters

Celtics Reserves
Payton Pritchard
Tremont Waters
Tacko Fall
Luke Kornet
Carsen Edwards
Aaron Nesmith
Semi Ojeleye
Jabari Parker
Grant Williams

Jaylen Brown (wrist) out
Kemba Walker (knee) uncertain
Robert Williams III (ankle) uncertain

Possible Nets Starters

Nets Reserves
Bruce Brown
Nicolas Claxton
Mike James
Tyler Johnson
DeAndre Jordan
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
Reggie Perry
Landry Shamet
Chris Chiozza

Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) out
Jeff Inexperienced (foot) out
Alize Johnson (ankle) out

Head Coach
Steve Nash

Head Coach
Brad Stevens

Key Matchups

Jayson Tatum vs Kevin Durant
As soon as once more, Jayson Tatum vs Kevin Durant would be the key matchup. Durant is proving to be just about unstoppable and completed Sport 4 with 42 factors. Jayson Tatum adopted up his 50 factors in Sport 3 with 40 factors in Sport 4. The Nets doubled Tatum on most possessions in Sport 4 however the Celtics can’t actually double Durant for the reason that Nets have so many scoring threats.

Marcus Good vs Kyrie Irving
Irving overcame the boos of the Backyard crowd to place up 39 factors, 11 rebounds and a pair of assists in Sport 4. Though Kemba hasn’t scored large on this collection, they missed his management and playmaking. Kemba positively hates the Celtics and their followers and can probably be doing his finest on this recreation to place them away.

Honorable Point out
Romeo Langford vs James Harden
Harden completed Sport 4 with 23 factors, 5 rebounds and 18 assists. Langford completed Sport 4 with 9 factors, 1 rebound and 1 help. It’s doable that Brad might go together with Nesmith right here. Harden is a troublesome matchup for both participant, however this collection offers each gamers some helpful expertise that ought to assist them going into subsequent season.

Keys to the Sport
Protection – Protection will at all times be the important thing to successful. The Celtics struggled to get stops in Sport 4 and allowed the Nets to attain 141 factors on 58% taking pictures from the sphere and 59% taking pictures from past the arc. The Celtics should attempt to up their defensive depth if they’ve any hope of successful this recreation. Particularly brief handed, the Celtics can’t win a shoot out and so should consider getting stops.

Rebound – Together with protection, rebounding is a key to successful. You need to have the ball to attain and one method to get the ball is to seize rebounds. A lot of rebounding is effort and the Celtics must put out the additional effort to beat the Nets to the rebounds. The Celtics misplaced the three video games that the Nets out-rebounded them however received the one recreation that they out-rebounded the Nets. The Celtics should enhance their effort on the boards.

Run and Transfer the Ball – The Celtics must run on each possession and attempt to get straightforward baskets earlier than the Nets can arrange their protection. The Celtics want to select up their tempo and play quicker. In addition they must maintain the ball shifting and discover the open man. They’ve to maneuver the ball and in addition maintain shifting with out the ball to attempt to get open pictures.

Be Aggressive – A crew that performs onerous can many occasions beat groups which have extra expertise however don’t play as onerous. The Celtics should be the extra aggressive crew in diving for free balls and in going to the basket, particularly if the skin pictures aren’t falling. They should be extra aggressive on protection and grabbing rebounds. They should be the crew that performs tougher and the crew that wishes it extra. They’ve to beat the Nets’ expertise with further effort.

Quick Handed on the Highway – The Celtics will probably be brief handed as soon as once more on this recreation with each Kemba Walker and Robert Williams listed as uncertain for this recreation. They’re additionally on the highway in entrance of what’s sure to be a hostile crowd. By necessity, the Celtics shall be enjoying their youthful gamers greater minutes and sometimes, younger gamers battle on the highway.

Shut Out Sport – It is a shut out recreation for the Nets and shut out video games might be very powerful for the crew making an attempt to shut out the collection. The Celtics can solely hope that the Nets will battle considerably below the strain to finish the collection. Nevertheless, simply as younger gamers battle extra on the highway, veteran gamers, just like the Nets have, are a lot better below strain.

Officiating – Simply as protection will at all times be a key to the sport, officiating can at all times be an x-factor. Will they name the sport tight or will they allow them to play? Will they favor the house crew? Will they be honest and name it even? The Celtics have to regulate to nevertheless the officers are calling the sport and never lose their focus whereas complaining about calls as a result of even in a effectively referred to as recreation, there shall be a number of missed calls.


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