The Brooklyn Nets bounced back nicely in game 4 against the Boston Celtics. After Jayson Tatum embarrassed the Nets on Friday, the team made sure to keep this game out of reach. The Celtics had over 17,000 fans for the first time in over a year, so there was a ton of energy going into this one. (Most of it negativity towards Kyrie.) Brooklyn of course did not want to make this series competitive for Boston, so they stomped on the Celtics early.
Big 3 Dominates
Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving were everything for Brooklyn in this game. The Big 3 accounted for 104 out of the Nets’ 141 points in this game, absolutely obliterating Boston’s defense. The game wasn’t even close in the second half.
Kevin Durant scored 42 points on 70% shooting, which included going 11-11 from the line. Kyrie Irving silenced TD Garden by picking up a double-double with 39 points and 11 rebounds. James Harden only scored 23 points, but he picked up a new playoff career-high in assists with 18. The Nets offense will always be unstoppable when the team is being unselfish. Brooklyn picked up 29 assists in this one.
A few role players for the Nets stood out as well. Joe Harris continued to shoot lights out, as he knocked down 4 threes on 80% shooting. Bruce Brown was amazing in the pick-and-roll, especially with Harden, as he picked up 14 points and 7 boards. Nicolas Claxton had a very interesting game, even though it was a very short stint. In only 8 minutes, Claxton picked up 4 blocks and was a +14 in plus/minus. His defense is incredibly underrated.
Celtics Look Outmatched
Look the result of the series so far isn’t a surprise. Boston was already heavy underdogs with Jaylen Brown being out the entire series. You add Kemba Walker and Robert Williams to the sidelines and the game isn’t even fair. Simply put, the Celtics are outmatched. The only reason this series wasn’t a sweep is that Jayson Tatum exploded for 50 points last game.
Boston looks ready to go home, and you can tell by their defense tonight. The Nets almost had a 60%/60%/100% game from the field. It would be shocking if this series went past game 5.
What’s Next for the Nets
The Nets will head back to Brooklyn looking to close out the series on Tuesday. The game will be broadcasted nationally on TNT, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 PM EST. If the Nets win game 5, they will win their first playoff series in 7 years.