The Brooklyn Nets have won the series against the Boston Celtics in 5 games, winning game 5 at home 123-109. Although the Nets were unable to sweep the Celtics, their 4 wins in the series all came in convincing fashion. The Nets won each game by double digits, and looked very strong throughout the series, especially at home. Despite some drama in Boston surrounding Kyrie Irving, there was never a doubt that the Nets would pull away victorious from this series. Just 12 hours after the Nets eliminated the Celtics, Boston’s Danny Ainge resigned as GM. Brad Stevens may have just coached his last game with Boston, and who knows what the Celtics will do next. Thus, we have to ask the question, was this the most dominant series win in recent Nets history?
Nets-Celtics Series Recap
The Nets won their four games in this series by an average margin of 15.5 points per game. They dictated the pace throughout the series and surprisingly were able to cover up defensive weaknesses against a banged-up Celtics team. Going into the playoffs, fans had concerns about the Nets ball movement and interior defense. In this series, the Nets moved the ball especially well, getting role players such as Bruce Brown involved in the action. The interior defense surprisingly was much better than people expected, but against a Milwaukee team with Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Nets will need to step up their interior defense further. Lastly, the Big Three for Brooklyn showed that they could play well together, despite having very little on-court experience together. The Nets caught fire at the right time and were able to demolish the Celtics in a 5- game gentleman’s sweep.
Other Dominant Series In Recent History
From 2002-2007, the New Jersey Nets were firepower in the eastern conference. Along the way to the finals in 2003, the Nets had some very dominant series of their own. Ironically, in 2003 this dominance also came against the Boston Celtics. The Nets swept the Celtics out of the 2003 playoffs in the second round. Although 3 of the 4 games were decided by single digits, the 2003 Nets deserve a little bonus for being able to complete the sweep, whereas the 2021 Nets lost Game 3 in Boston. However, what may also give the 2003 Nets a slight edge is the history. The Nets faced those same Celtics in the eastern conference finals the year before and won in 6 games. This time in 2003, the Nets handled their business in a clean sweep, on their way to another trip to the NBA finals.
Another example of Nets dominance came in 2004 against the New York Knicks. Like 2003, the Nets embarrassed their opponent in a clean sweep. The Nets were heavy favorites, just like in 2021, but New Jersey was winning convincingly in an era in which teams didn’t score nearly as many points as they do now. The Nets swept the Knicks with an average margin of victory of about 13 points per game. In today’s NBA, this would be close to 20 points per game given how the game has evolved. Teams score more points nowadays, and with the three-point line, blowouts are more frequent now than they were back then. Since this series, however, the Nets franchise has only won two playoff series in the last 17 years. However, the Nets dominant first-round series win over the Celtics may be a sign that another championship run is coming.