Nets vs. Celtics: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Nets vs. Celtics: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Brooklyn Nets (0-1) play against the Boston Celtics (0-0) at TD Garden

Game Time: 3:30 PM EDT on Sunday April 17, 2022

Brooklyn Nets 114, Boston Celtics 115 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Bucks’ #NBAPlayoffs kicks for Game 1:
• Giannis in the Freak 1
• Khris in the Kobe 6
• Pat in a KD 14 iD
• Wes in the Grinches pic.twitter.com/gx2gIoUoRe9:18 PM

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
New BS Podcast w/ @Ryen Russillo
Part 1: What we learned from a truly remarkable Nets/Boston Game 1, plus Philly/Toronto for dessert.
open.spotify.com/episode/4jIP8s…9:17 PM
Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
Tatum’s layup was 7th time Celtics won playoff game at buzzer. They trail only Lakers in this category
Most Game-Winning Buzzer Beaters in Playoffs
NBA History
Lakers 8
Celtics 7
LeBron 5
Cavs 5
Bulls 5
Jordan 3
No other player/team has more than 2 – 9:15 PM
Kyle Ratke @Kyle_Ratke
Thoughts on non-Wolves games over weekend:
– Losing the “games we shouldn’t win but could’ve won” is the ultimate playoff burn
– Mavs with Luka sweep this Jazz team. Bummer he’s out
– Bulls missed 2,388 open looks
– Celtics win was bonkers – Smart is so important – 9:14 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Nets fall in Game 1 as Jayson Tatum hits buzzer-beating layup for Celtics newsday.com/sports/basketb… via @Newsday9:12 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Which Bull had the best #NBAPlayoffs kicks for Game 1?
• DeMar in the #BHM Kobe 6
• Vuc in the Kyrie Infinity iD
• Derrick Jones Jr in the “What the” KD 6
• Zach in the NB Two Wxy 2 pic.twitter.com/geenYHJ7CM9:11 PM

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
The Boston radio call with my guy @Sean Grande going full Cosell. “It’s over! It’s over!” pic.twitter.com/NU3KK72HB29:03 PM

Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
For @The Vertical from TD Garden: Jayson Tatum plays hero to Kyrie Irving’s villain. sports.yahoo.com/boston-celtics…8:58 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Nets shot 53.8% in Game 1 Sunday, that’s the 3rd best shooting night against the NBA’s #1 defense all year.
But this…the Celtics had lost 16 straight and 36 of 37 games when giving up a number that high. – 8:53 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Kyrie Irving responds to flipping off Celtics crowd during postgame press conference after Game 1 loss
cbssports.com/nba/news/kyrie…8:51 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Kyrie: “It’s not every fan. I don’t want to attack every Boston fan, but … there’s only but so much you can take as a competitor, and we’re the ones expected to be docile and be humble and take a humble approach.
“Nah, fuck that. It’s the playoffs. This is what it is.” – 8:47 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
A subpar shooting performance from Kevin Durant. An unfocused open to the second half. A pirouetting buzzer-beater by Jayson Tatum.
Ultimately a one-point loss for the Nets in Game 1, with both feel-good and feel-bad vibes associated with the performance nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…8:47 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Jayson Tatum swooped in to save the day with a cutting layup as time expired to give us the victory in Game 1. pic.twitter.com/nMHOK8Z5EF8:36 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
📸 | Plenty of series ahead
@CanonUSA8:30 PM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
I’ve got to watch full #NetsCeltics game before drawing conclusions about Steve Nash today. Not been a fan of his offense of running toss action btw Kyie and KD and letting them freestyle to get a bucket w/little to no off-ball action. Hope Game 1 was at least better in that area – 8:29 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Marcus Smart got some good news about his chances for winning NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Sunday masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…8:27 PM
Scott Cacciola @ScottCacciola
Kyrie scored 39 and gave fans the double bird. The Celtics took the win. On an electric Game 1 from Boston: nytimes.com/2022/04/17/spo…8:26 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Kyrie on flashing his middle finger today: “I don’t want to attack every Boston fan, but when people start yelling pussy, and bitch and fuck you, there’s only so much you can take. We’re expected to be docile and be humble. Nah, fuck that. It’s the playoffs.” – 8:08 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Shaq and Chuck basically call Kyrie soft for reacting to the fans. pic.twitter.com/ZlLp1X8cC88:07 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I’ve been asked a bunch for a Kyrie take, so here goes:
I don’t care about him yelling back or flipping the bird. He’ll lose money for it, but I believe him when he says he doesn’t care about the money. Maybe everyone should be better, but they aren’t. So, he can say/do whatever. – 8:01 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Celtics win Game 1 vs. Nets on a Jayson Tatum spinning buzzer beater over Kyrie Irving after Irving flipped off the fans earlier in the game. Yes, this is real life & yes, this series is gonna be wild.
Quick read from the Garden from @Jay King & me theathletic.com/news/jayson-ta…7:58 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Hard to wrap your head around how the Celtics won a game at the buzzer when they had four 20-point scorers & took Durant out of his game. Yet both teams had almost exactly the same number of made shots, 3s, FTs, steals, blocks & blah blah blah. Really was just Kyrie’s early 4th. – 7:54 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Check out the Celtics defense on the Nets final possession pic.twitter.com/VOBn138Y3c7:53 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
I do t know why…but what stuck out to me looking up at this?
The one remaining Celtics timeout that will stay up there..unused forever. pic.twitter.com/Hq7lJrd5lp7:53 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: Breaking down the Celtics’ buzzer-beater during which all five members of the C’s touched the ball in a frantic 12 seconds that led to Tatum’s game-winner masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…7:41 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Most fun I’ve had at a game in a while. One Celtics fan said to me, “I’ve never seen to so many Nets fans here.”
The bickering.
NY v Boston.
Ongoing history (Kyrie).
Perfect first-round matchup that neither team will escape easily… – 7:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum on the Celtics figuring things out late on defense: “We’ve got the best defender in the league, Smart, setting the tone.” – 7:41 PM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
Quick Celtics/Nets thread.
The last two possessions were a microcosm of these two teams have been defensively this season. Celts force a Durant fadeaway 25 foot miss at the shot clock buzzer and Durant/Irving get beat backdoor by Tatum for game winner at buzzer… – 7:39 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum agrees that’s as loud as he’s ever heard TD Garden: “It doesn’t get any better than that. A buzzer-beater in a playoff game in front of our fans.” – 7:37 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Tatum said that’s probably as loud as he has heard TD Garden: “It doesn’t get any better than that – a buzzer-beater in a playoff game in front of our fans.” – 7:36 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum: “Those games, where you figure it out, are the most rewarding. Up 15 to down 5, but you gotta figure it out. That’s what we did.” – 7:36 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I had the most turnovers, six of em. That helps them get on the break. S–t they had what? 14 turnovers too. …we lost by one point, it’s just a tough loss man. Hard to just pin point one thing.”
-KD struggled to pinpoint the key reason the #Nets lost. pic.twitter.com/WsG346ULKt7:35 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Jayson Tatum on the final play: “We all thought Smart was gonna shoot it … When he took that dribble, we made eye contact, he made a great pass and I just had to make a layup.” – 7:35 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Tatum said he knew he released the final shot before the buzzer, but wasn’t sure whether the refs would put more time back on the clock. – 7:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum said he knew he got the shot off but wasn’t sure if they’d put some time back on the clock. – 7:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum on the Celtics final defensive possession: “We just tried to make it tough on them. It was a great defensive possession from our whole team. We did a good job with the box out and getting the rebound and then we pushed it the other way.” – 7:33 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I don’t think he worries about it, I think he just plays his game and do what’s required out there and tonight the shot making, controlling the game for us, was incredible.”
Kevin Durant talks about Irving’s back-and-forth with fans and a hostile environment. pic.twitter.com/0e5X6emo3H7:32 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum on his buzzer beater: “We all thought Smart was gonna shoot it. So last second shot, just crash the glass…But when he took that dribble, we just kind of made eye contact and he made a great pass and I just had to make a layup.” – 7:31 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum on the final play: “I think we all thought Marcus was gonna shoot it. But we made eye contact, he made a great pass and I just had to make a layup.” – 7:31 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum said his first thought when Smart had the ball late was to crash the glass for a putback. Obviously turned out better. – 7:31 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Real talk from Jayson Tatum on his cut: “We all thought Marcus was going to take that shot.” – 7:31 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Nothing to overthink with Kevin Durant, we know who he is. We know he’s gonna go back, watch film and prepare.”
-Kyrie Irving isn’t worried about Durant’s tough shooting night. pic.twitter.com/xAwqBVE9US7:30 PM

CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Celtics vs. Nets: NBA players take to Twitter and react to Jayson Tatum’s game winning layup
cbssports.com/nba/news/celti…7:28 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“When people start yelling p-y or b-ch and f-k you…there’s only but so much you can take as a competitor….If somebody’s gonna call me out …I’m gonna look them straight in the eye and see if they’re really about it. Most of the time they’re not.”
-Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/j3NNPTN1SQ7:28 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving: “When people start yelling ‘pussy,’ and ‘bitch’ and ‘fuck you’ and all this other stuff, there’s only but so much you can take as a competitor, and we’re the ones expected to be docile and be humble and take a humble approach. Nah, fuck that. It’s the playoffs.” – 7:24 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kyrie: “When people start yelling p**** or b**** and f** you, and all this stuff there’s only but so much you can take as a competitor. We’re the ones expected to be docile and be humble, take a humble approach, f*** that, it’s the playoffs. This is what it is.” – 7:24 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Kyrie Irving comments on the Boston crowd. pic.twitter.com/yvdAm3WM7i7:23 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Big time players make big time plays ☘️
#CelticPride pic.twitter.com/tYjEs7ZvC17:19 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Nets’ Kyrie Irving on Celtics crowd: “When people start yelling p—- and b—- and f—- you and all this, there’s only so much you can take as a competitor. We’re the ones expected to be docile and humble. … Nah, f—- that, that’s the playoffs.” pic.twitter.com/7cX0XNlUgT7:18 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Came up clutch at both ends during the final 30 seconds 💪 nba.com/celtics/gamere…7:12 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Al Horford says he’s proud of the composure we displayed down the stretch: “We were able to stay with it and find a way to finish the game.” – 7:11 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Kyrie’s donation to NBA charities will have the calculators spinning. In game, post-game. Cover your ears kids….well, not the kids here in Boston who heard worse all game long. – 7:11 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford said he feels fine after playing 41 minutes: “I’ll start the recovery process and get ready for Wednesday.” – 7:11 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Kyrie Irving flips off Celtics’ crowd after difficult made 3 (VIDEO) nba.nbcsports.com/2022/04/17/kyr…7:10 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford on being hyped up from the tip: “I mean, it’s the playoffs. Playing in TD Garden, it doesn’t get any better.” – 7:10 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Al Horford: “Our crowd was great tonight. They were unbelievable.” – 7:09 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Nothing to overthink with Kevin Durant we know who he is.”
-Kyrie Irving on KDs tough shooting game.
“We had the game in control. Final second shot beats us and now we’re sitting here answering questions about hostility and s—t like that.” – 7:09 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving on the back and forth
with #celtics fans: “Embrace it. It’s the dark side. Embrace it.” #Nets7:08 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He was doing all the little things — We know how high his expectations are for himself.”
⁃Kyrie Irving on Kevin Durant – 7:07 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving on flipping off #Celtics fans: “The same energy they have for me, I’m gonna have the same energy for them. And it’s not every fan…but when people start yelling, p*ssy, b*tch and f*ck you, there’s but so much you can take as a competitor.” #Nets7:07 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart on being a Defensive Player of the Year nominee: “I think I have a chance to win, and it’s an honor to even be mentioned. But, honestly, I’m playing for something bigger. My focus is on Wednesday.” – 7:07 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Marcus Smart on being DPOY finalist: “It would be an honor to win it but for now, I’m playing for something bigger.” – 7:06 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Kyrie Irving says he’s giving the Celtics fans the same energy back to them he’s getting from some but not all of them. He says he hears words like p—y or b—ch. Doesn’t think there’s any true hostility here happening though. – 7:06 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Jayson Tatum in Game 1:
— Turnaround fadeaway over KD
— Led Celtics in assists
— Blocked KD jumper
— Blocked Kyrie
— Game winner at the buzzer
Did we miss anything? pic.twitter.com/qB0DSSebKn7:06 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Kyrie Irving on the hate he receives in Boston:
“Embrace it. It’s the dark side. Embrace it.” – 7:06 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving says he’s giving the same energy back to fans that they give to him. – 7:04 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Marcus Smart on attacking our final possession without taking a timeout: “You’ve gotta credit Ime for trusting us in that situation.” – 7:03 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Milwaukee saw the Nets at the two seed, Chicago at the three seed and was like we gonna work smarter not harder – 7:02 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
It’s always wild to me how much can happen in so little time. There’s 4.8 seconds left here and Jaylen is still going to fire a cross court pass to Smart, who’s going to fake, drive to the basket and find Tatum, who’s going to spin and score. pic.twitter.com/vg9i3UzTEx6:57 PM

Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Durant credits the Celtic defense, says, “I’ve got to be more fundamental with my moves.” – 6:57 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Jayson Tatum hits spinning game-winner, Celtics beat Nets in dramatic Game 1 nba.nbcsports.com/2022/04/17/jay…6:50 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“We were just not focused. We came out [of halftime] our energy was not right. They came out to play and that’s how they got that big lead.”
-The Celtics made a 23-7 run to open the 3rd, Goran Dragic talks about how the Nets came out of the break too flat. pic.twitter.com/FZSMl9CHvx6:47 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
giannis pulling up like that less than 2 mins in almost as disrespectful as kyrie throwing it off the backboard to lebron on the opening possession of the series against the raptors – 6:45 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I’ll see more on the re-watch but quick thoughts:
-KD won’t shoot that bad again all series
-Kyrie probably won’t shoot that well again
-Boston won’t defend that badly again
-Bench difference should even out
-It’s going to be a long, fun series – 6:42 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
KD having to guard Tatum and score 30 efficiently in this series is a big ask. He’s still capable of it for sure, but you could see the jolt in responsibility to his jumper in Game 1 – 6:41 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Al Horford so BIG for the #Celtics today!
And, for 35+ year old players with at least 20 p, 15 r, .600 fg in a playoff game — Al today, Lebron 2020, Duncan 2013, Wilt 5 times.
That’s good company. H/t Dick Lipe – 6:40 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“We just make silly mistakes….Kyrie’s been amazing, he was carrying us this game. He did his job. But we have to help him.”
-Goran Dragic talks about the #nets making too many mistakes, plus didn’t support Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant enough. pic.twitter.com/0dNo2axBnn6:40 PM

Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
KD definitely gets way less slander than any other star in the league. If Steph or Harden or Giannis or Jokic or pick any other star had that game, the takes that’d be flying… – 6:40 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
pretty decent chance this results in a charge if Tatum doesnt spin. only 1.4 seconds left when he touched it, so the action really was do-or-die considering there wouldnt have been enough time to do anything else except shoot after. pic.twitter.com/2bvu03mC6T6:37 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Marcus Smart last 3 seasons
2019-20: 2020-21: 2021-22:
11.4 FGA 10.6 FGA 10.1 FGA
6.6 3PA 5.9 3PA 5.1 3PA
4.9 APG 5.7 APG 5.9 APG
Passing up that three was the embodiment of this growth. pic.twitter.com/FsILxeMa8d6:36 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“This is a guy that’s made the game winning shot in The Finals, he’s played in the Olympic… All-Star game MVP, I don’t know that there’s any atmospheres that are really gonna rattle him.”
-Steve Nash was asked about Kyrie Irving dealing with a hostile environment. pic.twitter.com/d1sWRAx8NX6:36 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Kyrie gets his points and his frustration out, but Nets fall in Game 1 as Jayson Tatum hits buzzer-beating layup for Celtics newsday.com/sports/basketb… via @Newsday6:32 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Nets fall in Game 1 as Celtics hit buzzer beating layup newsday.com/sports/basketb… via @Newsday6:30 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
One of biggest questions about Celtics had been late-game execution. Even in their big turnaround, it was still an open issue because they were blowing teams out and rarely had to sweat the end.
Today they converted their last three possessions to win. – 6:30 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka on the Celtics barking at each other on the open Kyrie Irving three: “We had a missed rotation. We had a few breakdowns. It’s something we’ll work on cleaning up.” – 6:30 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Coach Udoka on our ball movement leading to Jayson’s game-winning shot: “That’s where we’ve really improved at, and it all came together on the last possession.” – 6:27 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“We just make silly mistakes.”
-Dragic.
The Dragon noted the play where they forgot to help inbound the ball on a costly turnover was “like kids” playing and they need to clean that up. – 6:27 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Goran Dragić says,
“Kyrie (Irving) was amazing. He was carrying us.” – 6:27 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka says Marcus Smart passing up the last shot shows his maturity as a playmaker and how the team evolved over the year: “We’ve gotten away from the your turn, my turn and we enjoy seeing each other succeed. Get those assist numbers up.” – 6:26 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka on Al Horford: “Al was Al. He does it all the time.” – 6:26 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Ime Udoka on Marcus Smart making the game-winning assist over taking the shot: “It shows growth.” – 6:25 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Helluva play from Tatum just to be aware to do a spin and lay it up, is tough.”
-Goran Dragic. Added that he felt they fouled too much early and wound up in the bonu. – 6:25 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Goran Dragic: “We need to stop fouling. I feel like we’re in the bonus too quick.” – 6:25 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said he grabbed Jaylen Brown coming off the court to praise him for how he handled the endgame situation. – 6:24 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
soooooo
—the nets *almost* won despite a game in which kd was less than superhuman
—but they lost despite an epic game from kyrie and winning the non-kd minutes
—aaaand the rest of their roster ain’t changing – 6:23 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Ime Udoka said he spoke with Jaylen Brown after the game to praise how he handled the final possession. – 6:23 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“At that point it’s a little bit random, they pushed it. Instead of calling timeout we took away the 1st action w/ Brown, went to Smart… he got in the crack and somehow found Tatum who made an intelligent cut.”
-Nash on the final play pic.twitter.com/4Rn8kEHlnn6:22 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
LIVE Garden Report: Celtics vs Nets Game 1 Postgame Show | Powered by @betonline_ag & @calm twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…6:22 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
tatum’s buzzer-beater was truly incredible, but he also stuck with kd on an island 15 seconds before that. superstar sequence. – 6:21 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Steve Nash on Kyrie playing through the crowd noise: “This is a guy that’s made the game winning shot in the Finals, he’s played in the Olympics, all-star game MVP.” – 6:20 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Instant observations from the Cs/Nets thriller. bostonglobe.com/2022/04/17/spo…6:20 PM
John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
Without looking back at the film, feels like Tatum’s defense was awesome against Durant & not nearly as awesome against Irving.
2 great offensive players, very different in regard to keeping them in front of you. – 6:20 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
-Brown – getting the quick 2 to preserve the 2-for-1
-Incredible defense on Kyrie and KD on last Nets possession
-Smart finding Tatum
That’s a sequence man. – 6:19 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nash isn’t concerned about KD’s struggles in Game 1. “Kevin’s Kevin Durant for a reason. He figures things out on his own very, very well.” – 6:19 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“I don’t want to overreact — Kevin is Kevin Durant for reason.”
⁃Steve Nash on Kevin Durant’s performance – 6:19 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Kevin Durant probably won’t shoot 9-of-24 again.
Brooklyn’s role players probably won’t shoot 21-of-34 again.
Kyrie will probably have at least one more killer game like this, but he’ll have some lesser games too.
I really don’t know what to make of Brooklyn right now. – 6:18 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Steve Nash says he doesn’t know if there’s any atmosphere that’s gonna rattle Kyrie Irving. – 6:18 PM
Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report
Epic Game 1! #Nets showed real heart, roaring all the way back from down 15. Kyrie was sensational, KD going to have a huge series. #Celtics’ calling card has been defense: How will Nash adjust to C’s pliable lineups? I’m on @NBCNewYork 2nite breaking it all down w/@BruceBeck4NY! – 6:17 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“There aren’t any atmospheres that are really going to rattle him.”
⁃Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving – 6:17 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
And minutes after the Celtics’ win, the NBA releases the three finalists for its individual awards, including this one… pic.twitter.com/E6WaA2dDxm6:17 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“We needed him. He was brilliant.”
⁃Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving – 6:17 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
one of the biggest benefits of not calling your last timeout to draw up a play: you prevent the other team from subbing in their best defenders.
after Marcus’ pump-fake disposed of Claxton, this was all that was left to defend the rim for Brooklyn. game over. pic.twitter.com/TttJHTJCma6:16 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart has been named a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year alongside Mikal Bridges and Rudy Gobert, per the NBA. – 6:16 PM
Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Rudy Gobert is a finalist for what would be his 4th defensive player of the year award.
Marcus Smart and Mikal Bridges are the other two finalists. – 6:15 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Smart not taking that shot was the epitome of why the Celtics love and trust him. – 6:15 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
2021-22 Boston Celtics in games decided by 5 or fewer…
Regular season: 5-16
Playoffs : 1-0 – 6:15 PM
Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
Tatum has 5 go-ahead shots in final 5 seconds of 4th/OT in last 3 seasons, most in the NBA https://t.co/qdvaMdj0UG pic.twitter.com/Q3H1W3ryzn6:14 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics defense on the Nets final possession was incredible. – 6:14 PM
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude @ROSGO21
I’d love to hear more about the Celtics (Ime) decision not to call a timeout. Just want to hear more as a hoops head. The why, the poise, the trust, the execution and of course, the reward and payoff. 🤯🤯🤯🔥🔥🔥🏀🏀 – 6:14 PM
Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
Great final play from the Celtics. No timeout paid off. Nets cover for the people but Brooklyn was in position to put it away earlier if Durant or Dragic knock down 3s with no one in front of them. – 6:14 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
I can’t get over Marcus Smart having the restraint to not shoot with 3.5 left. Patient play to pump fake, drawing two defenders. Jayson Tatum had the spin finish also great awareness to have such an timely cut to give Smart a target. Beautiful basketball. pic.twitter.com/TOufyXjMc76:14 PM

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Rudy Gobert will at least be in the top-3 for DPOY. Marcus Smart, Mikal Bridges the other finalists. – 6:14 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Mikal Bridges, Rudy Gobert and Marcus Smart #NBA Defensive Player of The Year finalist. #Suns pic.twitter.com/8WejAFczZ56:13 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart has been named a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year. – 6:13 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Al Horford on that last defensive possession did some excellent work – 6:13 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Jayson Tatum watching Kyrie go off pic.twitter.com/H3C2nNc5iW6:12 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics win 115-114. Lead series 1-0.
Tatum – 31/4/8
Brown – 23/5/3/4/2
Horford – 20/15
Smart – 20/7/6
Celtics – 47.2% FGs
Celtics – 12-33 3Ps
Celtics – 14 TOs
Irving – 39/5/6/4/1
Durant – 23/4/3
Claxton – 13/8
Dragic – 14 points
Nets – 53.8% FGs
Nets – 11-24 3Ps
Nets – 16 TOs – 6:12 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
NBA Playoffs 2022:
Kyrie Irving pours in 39 points, flips off Celtics fan during Brooklyn Nets’ Game 1 loss nj.com/nets/2022/04/n…6:12 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
the celtics defense on the nets’ final offensive possession was ridiculous pic.twitter.com/0L1BvUkGzv6:12 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
marcus smart on the game-winning drive and kick pic.twitter.com/HG3vKRHUYs6:12 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
That was an incredible cut by Tatum. KD had two up top after Brown relocated but I’m not sure he even saw Tatum cut behind him. – 6:12 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
just want to remind everyone the Celtics not only said they welcomed this matchup, they went out of their way to make it happen the final week of the regular season. absolutely righteous Game 1 one payoff. – 6:12 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Man, Marcus Smart made the PLAY OF THE GAME to not chuck that shot and actually shot fake and pass it. Great awareness of the situation and clock!!! – 6:12 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Also, love that Udoka didn’t call a timeout there. I’m assuming he say Jaylen had the mismatch on Dragic and thought that was better than anything they could get re-setting? Super smart to let it ride. – 6:11 PM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
sure the celtics won but a seven seed making it that close is very concerning – 6:11 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
I can’t wait to watch this Kyrie Irving presser. 😂😂 – 6:11 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Bam Adebayo NOT a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year. It’s Rudy Gobert, Marcus Smart, Mikal Bridges. – 6:10 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
First ever Jayson Tatum buzzer beater
First Celtics buzzer beater since February 2018 (Al Horford vs Blazers)
First Celtics buzzer beater in playoffs since Paul Pierce at Miami in 2010 – 6:10 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
That was the first game-winning buzzer beater in the playoffs at home in Celtics history.
This was the 358th home game in Celtics playoff history.
For a storied franchise that’s seen almost everything you can imagine, that was a first. – 6:10 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Mikal Bridges joins Marcus Smart and Rudy Gobert as the 3 finalists for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award – 6:10 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Boston may have just had the best defensive possession of the season to set up Tatum’s winner. WOW. – 6:10 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Marcus Smart makes winning basketball play – example 7,456 – 6:10 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
A blown opportunity by Brooklyn to steal a game on the road.
Winning on the road in the playoffs is hard and those opportunities don’t happen very often. – 6:10 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum to Lisa Salters on ABC: “We didn’t want to call a timeout and set their defense up…I just went to get the rebound and (Smart) found me and it was just a layup. Just a layup.” – 6:10 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
‘Member a few weeks ago … Bulls fans wanted to play Boston … pic.twitter.com/GZAoUO8pmi6:10 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
That was entertaining. Damn. What a play by Tatum and what a quarter by Kyrie. Whatever you think about him, he’s pure hoop genius. Fun. – 6:09 PM
Evan Dunlap @BQRMagic
Basketball gods should not have rewarded Boston for wearing black at home. Only bad thing I have to say about that finish. – 6:09 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Boston-Brooklyn is an all-time classic NBA game. An ALL TIME CLASSIC. We had Kyrie giving Boston fans the finger while dropping 39/6/5. We had Jaylen Brown out there bleeding in the final minutes. Tatum buzzer beater layup on a great final possession. Just so much superstar shit – 6:09 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Much was made of the Celtics needing to take advantage of KD missing all those shots, and that’s true, but the Nets probably also needed to take advantage an otherworldly Kyrie game and the Celtics missing all those shots at the rim. – 6:09 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
It was crazy because it reached a point where the #Celtics tripled Kyrie so he could pass to Durant, who missed the potential dagger jumper. Kyrie was that good today but not quite good enough for the win. #Celtics #Nets – 6:09 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
That Celtics-Nets series easily can be the best playoffs series! Game 1 was fire… #NBAPlayoffs6:09 PM
Howard Chen @TheHoChen
I mean, that mic is fairly close to Tatum’s mouth and you can still barely hear him.
That means it is CRAZY loud there. – 6:09 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Final: Jayson Tatum’s spinning layup carries the Celtics over the Nets 115-114. Kyrie Irving was brilliant, Kevin Durant wasn’t himself and the supporting cast was solid. Goran Dragic was fantastic. Celtics lead the series 1-0. @Jared Weiss has a story coming. – 6:08 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie in Game 1:
39 PTS
5 REB
6 AST
4 STL
12-20 FG
6-10 3P
He did this with no food or water. pic.twitter.com/dwQ5bgUtLU6:08 PM

Gary Tanguay @Gary_Tanguay
Great game. Kyrie kept the Nets in it but his selfishness at the end – to much dribbling – cost the Nets. Clutch play by Tatum. Unselfish play by Smart. – 6:08 PM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Jayson Tatum spinning around a flailing Kyrie for the game winning layup was the perfect way to end this game – 6:08 PM
Draymond Green @Money23Green
And there’s the difference in the Celtics team. Last year Marcus Smart would’ve taken that shot. Ime got him to buy in and be the Marcus smart everyone loved out of Ok State. BEAUTIFUL! Looking like a true PG again! That’s what made Him special! – 6:08 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Credit for the play starts with Smart. Had the patience to wait out the Nets defense for Tatum cutting backdoor – 6:08 PM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Incredible poise on that pass by Marcus Smart. He had a tremendous game. Such a ridiculously valuable player. #Celtics6:08 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Incredible ending. Kyrie carried the team but played matador defense on the final possession. Also had Goran Dragic open on previous possession but understandably looked him off (Dragic was lost all game). – 6:08 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Seen a lot of games here at the Garden, that was Top 3 easily #Celtics #Nets6:08 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
The fact that Marcus Smart didn’t take that shot and had incredible poise to find a better one. 🤯 – 6:08 PM
Howard Chen @TheHoChen
It’s so loud in that arena that you can’t really hear what Tatum is saying into a microphone connected to the broadcast – 6:08 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Smart-to-Tatum with a split-second to spare. Wow. – 6:08 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
What a finish to this Celtics-Nets Game 1! Tatum with a beautiful cut and finish at the rim to beat the final buzzer.
NBA Playoff basketball. Nothing like it. – 6:08 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
What a finish by Tatum and the Celtics. It’s only one loss on the road, where they’re expected to lose in a Game 1, but that’s a gut-punch for the Nets to come up short after that Kyrie Irving performance – 6:07 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
No idea what the Nets were doing defensively on the previous Celtics possession either – 6:07 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Jayson Tatum in Game 1:
31 PTS
8 AST
9-18 FG
GAME WINNER. pic.twitter.com/CAHvIgE9sp6:07 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Was starting to feel like the Celtics were only going to win that game if Kyrie didn’t get the last shot. That’s one way to make sure he didn’t. – 6:07 PM
Rob Mahoney @RobMahoney
Pretty strong endorsement there for Point Guard Marcus Smart. – 6:07 PM
John Gonzalez @JohnGonzalez
Sell Boston to Canada – 6:07 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Three of the best scoring marks of Kyrie Irving in his playoff career have come against Boston.
For what it’s worth. – 6:07 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
JAYSON TATUM FOR THE WIN!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/WUr4UsaURk6:07 PM

Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
I was screaming call a timeout and look at the Celtics! Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum wowww – 6:07 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
FINAL: Nets 114, Celtics 115
Kyrie Irving (39 PTS), Kevin Durant (23 PTS), Goran Dragić (14 PTS) & the Nets almost rally back from down 15. Game 1 went all the way down to the wire and it was the Celtics who stepped up when it mattered to seal the deal. – 6:07 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
Incredible patience from Boston on that possession, wow. No forcing a bad shot. And what timing from Tatum on the spin. – 6:07 PM
Mike Mazzeo @MazzNYC
At least Nets +4 with the cover – 6:07 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
What a cut by Tatum. What a great Game 1. THESE ARE THE PLAYOFFS. – 6:07 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Kyrie matador defense on the Tatum layup. – 6:07 PM
Howard Chen @TheHoChen
Great presence of mind to pass it, and then Tatum releasing the ball in the nick of time. Wow wow wow – 6:07 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Ime Udoka opts not to call the timeout and the decision pays off.
Great patience by Marcus Smart.
Celtics take Game 1. – 6:07 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Great call by Udoka to spring that late double on Kyrie with Horford. – 6:06 PM
Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report
Jayson Tatum scored this will be counted and #Celtics will be up 1-0. – 6:06 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Celtics win it at the buzzer. On a layup! After a killer defensive possession!
And this was only Game 1. – 6:06 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
This place is deafening. Ime Udoka went without a timeout. He trusted the Celtics to make the right play. They worked the ball around until they found Tatum at the buzzer. A rough fourth quarter otherwise, but all their progress this season showed up at the most important time. – 6:06 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Tatum wins it at the buzzer with a layup.
Celtics win it 115-114. TD Garden is going absolutely nuts.
Kyrie finishes with 39 points. Tatum finishes with 31 points and the game-winner. Celtics up 1-0.
Game 2 is Wednesday. – 6:06 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum basket good. Haven’t heard TD Garden this loud since 2010. #Celtics #Nets6:06 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Unreal! Looked like the Celtics were going nowhere and should have taken the timeout. – 6:06 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Basket stands. Celtics win 115-114. What a game. – 6:06 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Celtics dont call timeout and pull off one of the wildest tight-rope game winners you’ll see all year. Celtics win a bloodbath 115-114 on a Jayson Tatum spinning layup. – 6:06 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Jayson Tatum’s layup wins it on a broken possession. Celtics 115, Nets 114. It beat the clock.
Celtics lead the series, 1-0. – 6:05 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
18 points in the 4th quarter for Uncle Drew.
Ramadan Kyrie up there with Flu Game Jordan. – 6:05 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Holy crap, Celtics win on a literal buzzer beater. Incredible. – 6:05 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
eajsfhsdkfjldsfjosd;fjqegr – 6:05 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Kyrie …
*checks notes*
…is still a bucket. – 6:05 PM
Kevin Love @kevinlove
Artistry from Kyrie – 6:05 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving with 39 points on 12-for-20 shooting while fasting. Absolute clinic. Nets up 114-113 with 38 seconds left. – 6:05 PM
Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow
kyrie 4th qtr is crazzzzzzzy. and the heel act to accompany – 6:05 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Kyrie wanted that one! – 6:04 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
KYRIE. IRVING. – 6:04 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Kyrie is cold blooded lmao. Nothing you can do about him. Unstoppable – 6:04 PM
Deonte Burton @DeonteBurton
My goodness kyrie – 6:04 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Kyrie had two points in the first quarter, missing his only two field goal attempts. He now has 39 points, one middle finger to the crowd and a three-point lead with 45.9 seconds left. – 6:04 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Kyrie stepped on the logo going to the bench, didn’t he? – 6:04 PM
Mike Richman @mikegrich
Kyrie is not a cool hang but he is extremely good. – 6:04 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
A reminder that Kyrie wasn’t on the NBA 75 list. pic.twitter.com/zVPwrsWgqN6:04 PM

Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Kyrie Irving is really mixing it up tonight – he’s alternating between the single and double birds… – 6:03 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Ramadan Kyrie. Absolute clinic. – 6:03 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Kyrie has been unreal today. – 6:03 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
KYRIE IRVING IS PRIME TIME! HE’S ACTING UP AGAIN! – 6:03 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Uncle Drew is just different pic.twitter.com/qyOV2bFHge6:03 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving with another sidestep 3 to give him 39 points on 12/20 FG. Timeout, Celtics. Nets lead, 114-111, with 45.9 to go in the 4th. – 6:03 PM
Chris Miller @cmillsnbcs
KYRIE IS THAT DUDE – 6:03 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Kyrie with another 3 and he’s just taken the game from the #Celtics. 114-111 with 45.9 left. – 6:03 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
39 for Kyrie. – 6:03 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Why won’t Marcus Smart check Kyrie?
Ain’t he the DPOY? – 6:02 PM
J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
i dunno man, i feel like you figure out a way to get tatum a look there and live with the result regardless of how open smart is – 6:02 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Was a little disappointed to draw Nets-Celtics for first round. Damn, WTH was I thinking? – 6:02 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Boston, just get the ball to Jayson Tatum.
I mean my goodness. – 6:01 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Durant with a contested jumper and #Nets up 2 with 1:16 left. Brown is bleeding again. Timeout. – 6:01 PM
Trey Kerby @treykerby
Two fourth quarters missed FTs mean all Celtics fans get a free can of baked beans. – 6:00 PM
Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
Jaylen Brown will have two bowls of split pleas soup, eh? pic.twitter.com/j08RLlcDiH6:00 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
They brought back hand checking for KD, huh? – 6:00 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Oh White…
You got the switch. Throw it back to Tatum! – 6:00 PM
Tre Jones @Tre3Jones
Kyrie is diff – 5:59 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
White just attacked KD after the Celtics got the switch they wanted for Tatum. Not the best decision. – 5:59 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie updated power rankings:
1. Untucked Kyrie
2. Ramadan Kyrie
3. Middle finger Kyrie
4. Black mask Kyrie
5. Part time Kyrie
6. Headband Kyrie
7. Clear mask Kyrie pic.twitter.com/7wbEdd7i7h5:59 PM

Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Jaylen Brown looks wild – 5:58 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Should have been a foul on Kyrie on that inbound play – 5:58 PM
Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report
I cannot get over this “hockey” assist from Marcus Smart. Absolutely impossible pass leads to the Jaylen Brown triple.
#Nets #Celtics pic.twitter.com/DTEp7BOCu55:58 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen came up bloody from that White layup and Claxton gets fouled on a layup attempt. #Nets #Celtics5:58 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
This is about as complete a game as I’ve seen Kyrie play. Has had better scoring games, better passing games, but not sure I’ve seen him do EVERYTHING at once the way he’s doing it. Been good on defense in the second half. Awesome passing with some super advanced reads vs elite D – 5:58 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The last time these two teams played, when they both relatively whole, Boston had a collapse early in Q4. Then they rallied and figured it out. Let’s see what today. – 5:56 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
It’s a ridiculous luxury for Boston that Al Horford can guard KD like that. – 5:56 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
genuinely unreal pass from marcus smart pic.twitter.com/TyrXB2502e5:56 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics had a mini collapse against Nets in fourth quarter during last regular season matchup at Garden before pulling through in crunch time. Trying to pull off same here. – 5:56 PM
John Gonzalez @JohnGonzalez
I don’t know if there’s a Hell but if there is it’s the Garden during a Celtics game – 5:56 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Kyrie is so feast or famine defensively. He’s made huge help plays at the rim and steals, and also just given up easy drives from not being ready. – 5:56 PM
J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
tatum — what a stand there – 5:55 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
We’ve got a tie game, 107-107, with 3:15 to go in the 4th quarter. #ThisGame has given us everything we’ve wanted in a Game 1: physical play, rowdy fans, stars being stars & role players stepping up.
Now it’s winning time. KD & Kyrie on one side. Jayson Tatum & Co. on the other – 5:55 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
“Good extra pass” by Derrick White but I worry that it was more him wanting no part of shooting that – 5:55 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Celtics get themselves together after the timeout… Horford great D on Durant to force a miss.. C’s back to converting on the other end and we’re back tied with 3:15 left – 5:55 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Smart with the driving layup and it’s tied at 107 with 3:15 left. Timeout #Nets5:55 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Nets vs. Celtics: Kyrie Irving gives middle finger to Boston crowd after making tough 3-pointer in Game 1
cbssports.com/nba/news/nets-…5:54 PM
Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report
Three key plays here for the #Nets:
1. Excellent transition defense from Kevin Durant staying vertical while back-peddling (very difficult)
2. Goran Dragic misses the push shot, but knows Nic Claxton is right there
3. Claxton again makes a winning play with the and-1 follow pic.twitter.com/ujGpL7kXtQ5:54 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
the celtics are 2-for-7 in the restricted area in the 4th quarter – 5:53 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
If Boston loses there will be a lot of reasons why, but their fourth-quarter finishing will be one of the biggest. – 5:52 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics make a layup challenge – 5:52 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
What are the Celtics at the rim this quarter? – 5:51 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Celtics have made some costly mistakes here in the fourth, both forcing bad shots offensively and falling asleep defensively, and the Nets have repeatedly made them pay. Brooklyn has a chance to get a huge win here to open this series. – 5:51 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
smart left kyrie to squeeze kd, thinking tatum would rotate off brown in the corner. that’s a tough breakdown. – 5:51 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I think Tatum is gassed. Playing him the entire second half was a choice and it seems like it backfired. So far. – 5:51 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie has scored 13 points on 5-5 shooting (3-3 from three) since giving the fans the finger. pic.twitter.com/UuYwfveF3L5:51 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Tatum, Smart, and Udoka talking about the breakdown that gave Kyrie an open 3. Looks like it was supposed to be an “X-out” where Tatum stepped up on Kyrie & Smart went to the guy in the corner – 5:51 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Kyrie Irving is something else when he’s got his game working. 34 points on 10-for-17 shooting with six assists, four rebounds, four steals and a block. It’s a lot of fun to watch. – 5:51 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Kyrie has 13 pts in 4Q already. #Celtics #Nets5:51 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
LOL!!!! I know Boston fans sick. This man Kyrie is going crazy!! 🔥🔥 – 5:50 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Smart expected Tatum to stunt at Irving and leave Brown in corner. Tatum just chilled. – 5:50 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Y’all must’ve forgotten about who Kyrie is and what Kyrie’s done.
Go brush up on history during the break. – 5:50 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Kyrie with another 3 and he yells something to the same group of fans. Likely apologizing for giving them the finger earlier, right? – 5:50 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Boston-Brooklyn is absolutely god damn glorious. – 5:50 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Smart expected Tatum to rotate up to Kyrie as he doubled Durant, but Tatum is so tired he couldn’t execute. Also got beat on the boxout by Claxton, and couldn’t run the floor after his block on Kyrie. – 5:50 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
The Nets just need KD to stop rushing some of his shots and they’ll be good. – 5:50 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
He’s unguardable. And the scary thing about Brooklyn is, they have two of those. – 5:50 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Yeah, Nets-Celtics is pretty good theater – 5:50 PM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
when was the last time an opposing player owned a home crowd like this? kyrie is peak scott hall right now – 5:50 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Kyrie legit might be the best offensive robin in NBA history – 5:50 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
How in the world do you lose Kyrie?
Celtics players barking at each other going into the timeout.
This is early season unraveling in the fourth quarter showing up. – 5:50 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
When the Celtics are patient on offense, good things happen, but they want to rush and get it all back at once. Nets are going to score, Celtics just not weathering it well. – 5:50 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
How is Smart (or any Celtic player) that far off of Kyrie there? – 5:50 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving hit a 3-pointer and looked at those same courtside fans. #Nets up 107-102 with 5:30 left. #Celtics5:49 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
And now the players are snapping at each other after Kyrie is left open for a 3. BRK 107, BOS 102 with 5:30 left. – 5:49 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Good lord that Nets defense off a missed FT – 5:49 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Kyrie is letting the Celtics score because he doesn’t want his 5th foul but it doesn’t matter because he’s doing whatever he wants on offense. – 5:49 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Ugly defensive breakdown there for that Kyrie 3. – 5:49 PM
J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
jaylen brown hanging on the rim for an extra second — what an insult to the game and poor sportsmanship! i say automatic tech! – 5:49 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics doing too much on fastbreaks, trying to make home run plays. Wasting too many chances. – 5:48 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Tatum looks totally out of gas right now. – 5:48 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
No matter what you think of Kyrie Irving, his basketball brilliance is undeniable – 5:48 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Kyrie scoring and then telling the Boston crowd to cry is a beautiful thing. pic.twitter.com/P3R2CzTrmt5:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Two points in five minutes is really bad, especially against this Nets defense. – 5:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Twice Kyrie has blown right by Tatum. Not sure if Tatum is tired, but that’s terrible defense. – 5:47 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
The Celtics haven’t made a basket in five fourth quarter minutes – 5:47 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Celtics 0 for 7 in the fourth quarter. No defense is good enough when you’re doing nothing on the other end. – 5:45 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Dragic has really shown up for the Nets all day — even more impressive considering he has only played once over the last couple weeks after being in health and safety protocols. He’s got 14 points and has provided a calming, veteran presence for the group. – 5:45 PM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
no pressure but this would be a disastrous loss for boston. rare bad game from KD. home double digit fourth quarter lead. – 5:45 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Joined an exclusive list 👏 pic.twitter.com/kKU8b9HUt55:45 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
This is a 15-2 Nets run — Celtics 0-for-7 in the fourth — to turn an 11-point deficit into a two-point lead in just 4:14. – 5:44 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Major difference right now?
Nets bench has been pretty good highlighted by Claxton and Dragic.
Celtics bench has been pretty bad. – 5:44 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics are 0-for-7 with three TOs in 4Q. – 5:43 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
15-2 Nets here in the 4th a little over 4 mins in. – 5:43 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
I didn’t want to say it but…
Goran Dragic might be point shaving 😭 – 5:43 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics have to play through and make layups. They’re getting way too hectic here for no real reason. – 5:43 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
15-2 run now & the Celtics looked rushed. They are playing out of control and even something as simple as corralling easy offensive rebounds is going wrong – 5:43 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Brooklyn: The Nets have outscored the Celtics, 15-2, here in the 4th quarter and now lead 100-98 after trailing 15 in the 3rd quarter. Incredible turn of events. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have combined for 50. – 5:42 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
15-2 Nets run to open Q4 to take the lead. – 5:42 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
What in the world is Goran Dragic doing? – 5:42 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
One of many downsides for the Celtics letting Brooklyn come back while Durant was on the bench: He got a breather, should be fresher down the stretch. Tatum is up to 37 minutes. Would play 45 if he finishes the game. And it would be tough to get him a break at this point. – 5:42 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
15-2 Nets run to open fourth quarter. – 5:42 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
And the #Celtics look totally frazzled right now. – 5:41 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Nets have come back from down 15 to take a 100-98 lead over the Celtics here with less than 8 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. – 5:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Five fouls on Bruce Brown. – 5:41 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
When Kyrie said he wants Boston fans to enjoy his highlights maybe this is what he meant. – 5:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Four fouls on Kyrie Irving. – 5:40 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Kyrie leaving his defender Flat… – 5:40 PM
Kevin Love @kevinlove
Kyrie is something else man… sheesh!!! 8-0 run by his damn self 🤯 – 5:40 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Kevin Durant is now the only Nets starter that doesn’t have 4 fouls. – 5:40 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Game close down the stretch against a team with KD, Kyrie: Not ideal (at all). – 5:40 PM
Lang Greene @LangGreene
Tatum, KD and Kyrie. In a first round matchup? Thank you basketball Gods. Thank you. – 5:39 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
everyone in this huddle drinking water to reenergize, KD searching his name on Twitter. – 5:38 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Stat line I didn’t expect today:
Nets with KD = -13
Non-KD minutes = +10 – 5:38 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
When the Celtics blow a double digit lead… pic.twitter.com/MfPye6NuNq5:36 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
The Celtics are getting shredded in non-Durant minutes. Nets are -13 with Durant on the floor. – 5:36 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kyrie is getting hot just in time for the Nets. He just hit two threes in a row and is up to 27 points. All the boos seem to have focused him — and he’s been able to pick up the slack for KD. The Boston fans have gotten a little quieter after each shot goes down. – 5:36 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Jayson Tatum too smooth with it 👏
pic.twitter.com/snmynR6hB85:36 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: Kyrie Irving appeared to flip off the TD Garden crowd after knocking down a corner 3 in the third quarter masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…5:36 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving went from flipping the bird to flipping the score. A pair of 3s have the Nets down just three now with 9:51 left. Trailed by as many as 15. – 5:36 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Uncle Drew has come alive – 5:36 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
When Kyrie does Kyrie stuff on the court, my reaction is, “Damn.” He just makes it look so easy, which shouldn’t be possible at his height. – 5:36 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
10-2 Nets run without Durant is an absolute worst case scenario. Again, the Nets have been losing those minutes to everyone — Cleveland, Indy, everyone. – 5:36 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics offense has slowed down way too much. Not pushing the ball nearly enough. – 5:36 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Five steals and back-to-back 3s and this is why Kyrie Irving gets all the leeway he does in Brooklyn …
One-possession game. – 5:36 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Back-to-back triples by Kyrie sandwiched around his fifth steal has the Nets back within three. – 5:35 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Kyrie had enough or what? – 5:35 PM
Tyrese Haliburton @TyHaliburton22
Man Kyrie is amazing – 5:35 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Back-to-back 3s for Kyrie Irving. Timeout, Boston.
Celtics 98, Nets 95
9:51 to go in the 4th quarter.
Irving is up to 27 points on 7/13 FG. – 5:35 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
RAMADAN KYRIE IS SOMETHING ELSE! – 5:35 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
And Kyrie comes back with back-to-back threes and the #Celtics lead is down to 3 with 9:51 left. #Nets5:35 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 20 minutes. Since March he’s played great. – 5:35 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Kyrie just pulled them RIGHT back into it while Durant was sitting on the bench. – 5:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Good off-ball defense from Kyrie. He read Tatum wanted to hit Pirtchard in the corner and he dropped to take that passing lane away. Helped cause the shot-clock violation. – 5:33 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Young stars are putting on a show this playoffs.
Ant is 20
Maxey is 21
Poole is 22
Tatum is 19 pic.twitter.com/cu5qSNBnON5:33 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
That last shot by Tatum at the end of the third quarter had Paul Pierce vs. Al Harrington vibes without nearly as much trash talk. – 5:31 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
When you study for Horford and Theis but got Tatum instead. pic.twitter.com/MUq8nXYWUW5:31 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Nets down by 11 entering the fourth quarter and Kyrie will be making a donation to charity for that gesture. – 5:31 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Nets 13/26 from midrange, C’s 2/6. – 5:30 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 96-85 after three
Tatum – 27/4/8
Smart – 18 points
Horford – 18 points
Brown – 14 points
Celtics – 49.3% FGs
Celtics – 11-28 threes
Celtics – 10 TOs
Irving – 21 points
Durant – 18 points
Dragic – 14 points
Nets – 51.7% FGs
Nets – 6-15 threes
Nets – 14 TOs – 5:30 PM
Gary Tanguay @Gary_Tanguay
I am surprised how the Celts D has handcuffed KD. This has been a great game. 4th should be better. Not over yet. – 5:30 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Testing the waters: How many players would you rather have than Jayson Tatum? – 5:30 PM
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Jayson Tatum is in complete control – 5:30 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the third quarter: Nets trail the Celtics 96-85. Lot of blocks down the stretch there. Jaylen Brown blocks Bruce Brown on a 2-on-1 Nets had with him and Durant. Jaylen Brown then scores on the other end. Jayson Tatum asks to have Claxton to himself and hits a 3 on him. – 5:30 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
both Tatum and Jaylen are now in the ever-exclusive Have Blocked KD’s Jumper Club. – 5:29 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Strong finish to close the 3rd quarter and get the lead back up to double digits. What does Nash do with Durant right now? Does he sit and risk Boston pushing the lead out? – 5:29 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
This is the most KD has struggled since coming back from MCL injury. Celtics will not allow him to get space to get going. They’ve got somebody on him — and somebody else watching him — at all times. He is now just 7-for-19 in 32 mins. Celtics defense on him has been impressive – 5:29 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Al Horford is like the right-handed Sabonis. Can’t spin over his right shoulder under any circumstances. Nets did a decent job playing him for that last couple times. – 5:29 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Pierce over Harrington flashbacks with that Tatum 3 – 5:29 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Key final minute of 3Q as #Celtics score final 5 points, including a Tatum 3 in face of Claxton. BOS 96, BRK 85. Tatum 27, Horford 18, Smart 18, Brown 14; Irving 21, Durant 18, Dragic 14. – 5:28 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Jayson Tatum’s side-step 3 is up there with death and taxes at this point. Tatum has 27 points on 8/14 FG and the Celtics are taking a 96-85 lead over the Nets into the 4th quarter. Kyrie Irving has 21 on 5/11 and Kevin Durant is up to 18 points. Nets gave up 11-2 run to start Q3 – 5:28 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
bruce brown has learned a lesson – 5:28 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Pretty powerful close to the third by the Celtics. Nets had what looked like an easy 2-on-1 to pull within 4 with 53 seconds left. Now they trail by 11. – 5:28 PM
David Thorpe @coachthorpe
Tatum to the rescue. Impressive grit. – 5:28 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Huge close to Q3 by the Celtics. – 5:28 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
I think Boston should keep Tatum and Brown … – 5:28 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
End of 3rd QTR: Nets 85, Celtics 96
Kyrie Irving (21 PTS), Kevin Durant (18 PTS), Goran Dragić (14 PTS) & the Nets started the third period horribly but are slowly recovering. Brooklyn has to get better on the defensive glass too. They’ve allowed 12 offensive boards. – 5:28 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
What a big time swing by Jaylen Brown, chasedown block and the layup at the other end – 5:27 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Monster effort by Jaylen Brown there. That’s huge. – 5:27 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nic Claxton just bodied up Al Horford and rejected him at the rim. – 5:26 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Kyrie Irving flipped the bird at a Boston fan. So long as it wasn’t Lucky the Leprechaun they’ll be okay. pic.twitter.com/hhXAznEQry5:26 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Kyrie giving someone in the crowd the finger after burying a jumper in Jaylen’s eye is pretty much this rivalry in a nutshell. – 5:25 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
— Stomp on Lucky
— Finger to fans
Kyrie really hates Boston. pic.twitter.com/r01MJAZh4a5:23 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Kyrie hits an impossible three in the corner and has words – gestures? – with a fan along the sideline. Maybe they are just old friends from his time here. – 5:23 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Feels like we need to keep fouls updated. Tatum 3, Theis 3, Smart 4, B. Brown 4, Drummond 4, Curry 4. – 5:23 PM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
The Nets are a much more active team – on both ends – when Nic Claxton’s on the court – 5:22 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
41% offensive rebounding for Boston to 13% for Brooklyn. – 5:22 PM
David Thorpe @coachthorpe
Celtics are in cruise control while the Nets suddenly found their urgency levels. Dangerous few minutes for Boston here. – 5:22 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics need to punish the Nets inside when they go to the three-guard look. – 5:22 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Celtics: The Nets still find themselves down, 91-84, but they have upped their effort on the defensive end. Kevin Durant has 17 points on 7/18 FG and Kyrie Irving has 21 on 5/11 shooting. Nets can’t afford to shoot themselves in the foot like they did to start the half. – 5:22 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Fantastic call on Smart with the blocking foul, as he slid under Durant. You could see it from the sideline view easily. – 5:20 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
That’s a pretty effective action for Tatum. Mills wants no part of a switch and KD struggles to power thru Smart’s screen. Nets lack of plus defenders becoming big factor. – 5:19 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Al Horford back off the bench. #Celtics defense can’t afford to keep him off the floor. – 5:19 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Nets aren’t going to go away. Celtics need to keep pushing here. – 5:16 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Kyrie takes way longer than those 10 seconds on foul shots. – 5:15 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Damon Stoudamire joins us at halftime to discuss the impact of Al Horford in the first half and finishing out strong. pic.twitter.com/vfoqr7sY3y5:15 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Nash going with 3 guards, KD and Claxton to try to get some more space. Celtics sticking with their normal rotation with Horford out for Williams. – 5:15 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
“Kyrie sucks!” chants have intensified here at TD Garden after Irving inadvertently hit Marcus Smart in the face while going up for a shot. Foul is still on Smart, and Irving is at the line shooting two. – 5:14 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Smart appeared to take a shot from Irving there after fouling him. No review it appears upcoming. – 5:14 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Big ovation for Al Horford as he checks out. Al’s been huge today! – 5:14 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Three Nets starters w/four fouls. Not ideal. – 5:13 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Curry has a point to me about Tatum ripping up through his arm on that foul call. He and Nash both discussing it with the refs. – 5:12 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Four fouls on Seth Curry. – 5:12 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
As much fun Kyrie is to watch on the offensive end, so often he’s painful to watch on the other end of the court. – 5:12 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Jayson Tatum is headed to the line for free throws that could open up a 15-point Celtics lead here in the 3rd quarter. Disaster of an open to the second half. MVP chants for Tatum. – 5:12 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Now a LOUD MVP chant for Tatum at the line – 5:12 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Jaylen Brown is getting treated for a bloody nose. – 5:12 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Think Goran Dragic needs to play more… – 5:11 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics defense looks a lot better when they decided to stop fouling. – 5:11 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Marcus Smart is as high end as role players get. Elite defensively, and solid offensively, with enough talent to go on the occasional heater. AK – 5:11 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Nets goal might be to let Smart shoot but that’s a very lazy closeout by Kyrie on a corner three. Didn’t even get a hand up. – 5:11 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Marcus Smart has more 3-pointers than Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined, if you were curious. – 5:11 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Four fouls on Bruce Brown. – 5:11 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Big halftime adjustment by Ime Udoka to have the bigs front Durant off the ball with the defender’s hands up behind them to disrupt his path toward the ball and try to wear him down a bit. Most of the first half had Tatum just hugging up on Durant. – 5:10 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Just a monster third quarter so far from Marcus Smart. – 5:10 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Game-high 18 points for Marcus Smart. Just a monster effort from him this half. – 5:10 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Ya probably wanna start guarding Marcus Smart. – 5:10 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets just not gonna guard Marcus Smart – 5:10 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
ATO for Nets is to have Durant casually glide into an impossible shot for two points. – 5:09 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Jaylen Brown’s isos vs Bruce Brown have looked very good. – 5:09 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Welcome to the playoffs Jaylen Brown! – 5:09 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
MVP award ranking, per our NBA awards poll among media member
1. Nikola Jokic
2. Joel Embiid
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo
4. Devin Booker
5. Luka Doncic
6. Jayson Tatum – 5:08 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
You play great defense for almost a whole clock and KD throws in a runner because he’s KD and he’s incredible. – 5:08 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
The only oddity in Al Horford’s great afternoon (16 points, 6-7, 6 rebounds) – zero assists. – 5:07 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Looks like the Celtics are about to mash on the gas and pull off. – 5:06 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Al Horford has been absolutely unreal. – 5:05 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Credit to Jaylen Brown for making the right pass to an open Smart a couple times instead of forcing it in traffic. – 5:05 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Brooklyn: Two early turnovers and some offensive rebounding for the Celtics has given Boston a 72-63 lead at the 9:09 mark. If the Nets lose today, they will look at these opening minutes of the second half as a reason why. Celtics on an 11-2 run. #NetsWorld #NetsLevel5:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
11-2 Boston run to open the second half. – 5:05 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
There’s no excuse for no one coming to Kyrie on that inbounds play. – 5:04 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Marcus Smart with some huge plays in an 11-2 start to the 3rd quarter. Boston now out to its biggest lead – 5:04 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Marcus Smart never breaks character – 5:04 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
11-2 #Celtics run to begin the 3Q. Timeout #Nets5:04 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Really bad mental error by the Nets — they just gave away two points. Kyrie went to inbound the ball and the rest of his teammates were already down the floor. By the time they noticed and a couple guys came back, Smart stole the ball and the Celtics got an easy bucket. – 5:04 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Celtics with an 11-2 start to the second half — Marcus Smart doing Marcus Smart things. – 5:04 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
11-2 Celtics run to open the half and Garden has erupted. – 5:03 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
OK, Marcus Smart! We see you! – 5:03 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Awful start to the second half for the Nets. – 5:03 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The focus is on Kevin Durant being 3-for-12, but Jaylen Brown is just 3-for-10.
Whoever gets going first may make the difference today. – 5:02 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
I forgot to put this on record: Celtics vs. Suns Finals. – 5:01 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Both teams go to their regular starting groups, despite Theis and Drummond being in foul trouble. – 5:00 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Game-high 16 points for Al Horford. C’s probably going to need him for 40 minutes in this one. – 5:00 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Halftime foul watch:
Boston
Theis – 3
Brooklyn
Drummond – 4
There are 10 combined players with two fouls.
30 total fouls called in the first half. 15 on each team. – 4:59 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
In that the intensity figures to increase in the second half, so, too, could the fouls. And if that’s the case, which Nets and Celtics who’ve yet to play will have to make an impact? (I’ll take halftime hypotheticals for $1200, Mayim.) – 4:58 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Stephen A: Who in the hell expected Kevin Durant to shoot 2-of-10 in the first half? He has more turnovers than points!
ESPN graphic: Durant – 7 points, 4 turnovers – 4:54 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Biggest takeaway: Nets are tied at 61 despite KD shooting 2-of-10 and committing 4 turnovers. – 4:54 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Felt like Durant realized at some point he wasn’t going to get the whistles he’s used to getting with this crew and settled for the first look rather than taking an extra bounce to get to his spot. Really surprised Nets not down more with that half from KD. Could bode well. – 4:50 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics need to be willing to take the good shots instead of always trying to find the perfect shot. They passed up a few good looks and overpassed.
Perfect is the enemy of good. – 4:48 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
The #Nets had a 7-0 run that got sparked when White passed up a wide-open layup to kick out for a 3 that the #Celtics missed. I’m not anti-analytics or the old man yelling at a cloud, but just take the layup. – 4:47 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
That pass from Kyrie looked like a shortstop flipping it to first with backspin – 4:47 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
The refs just called a blocking foul on a dog chasing frisbees at halftime here in Boston. – 4:47 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
HALFTIME: Nets 61, Celtics 61
Nets did a much better job of taking care of the ball, but still have 11 TOs to Boston’s 7
Tatum: 15 PTS, 5/9 FG
Irving: 15 PTS, 3/6 FG
Durant: 7 PTS, 2/10 FG
Horford: 14 PTS, 5/6 FG
Curry, Drummond, Dragic: 28 PTS
KD will have his moment. – 4:46 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics-Nets tied 61-61 at half
Tatum – 15 points, 7 assists
Horford – 14 points
Brown – 8 points
Celtics – 50% FGs
Celtics – 6-17 threes
Celtics – 7 turnovers
Irving – 15 points
Dragic – 11 points
Curry – 9 points
Nets – 54.1% FGs
Nets – 5-11 threes
Nets – 12 turnovers – 4:46 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets and Celtics tied at 61 at halftime. Only 30 combined fouls. KD just 2-for-10. Dragic has been the hero off the bench. Kyrie got going in the second quarter. – 4:46 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Nets and Celtics showcased a clunky, physical, defensive battle and it somehow heads to the half tied at 61. Already 19 turnovers and 30 fouls between the two teams. – 4:45 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Net and #Celtics tied at the half. Kyrie Irving (15) and Goran Dragic (11) lead the way for Brooklyn, while KD has just seven on 2-of-10 shooting. Boston’s Jayson Tatum (15 points, 7 assists) has gotten the better of their matchup. – 4:45 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Entering the playoffs, Goran Dragic had scored in double figures just twice after joining Brooklyn this season. Went off for 11 big ones in the first half. – 4:45 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics and #Nets tied at 61 at half. Tatum 14, Horford 14, Brown 8; Irving 15, Dragic 11, Curry 9, Drummond 8 (4 fouls), Durant 7. – 4:45 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
HALF: Nets 61, Celtics 61
Kyrie Irving (15 PTS), Goran Dragić (11 PTS), Seth Curry (9 PTS) & the Nets aren’t getting up enough shots. They have shot the ball 37 times compared to Boston’s 46. The Celtics are also dominating in the paint 32-16. – 4:44 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
It’s halftime and it’s 61-61 — with Durant shooting 2-for-10 with four turnovers. Dragic with a nice contribution off the bench – 4-for-5, 11 points in 12 minutes. – 4:44 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nets have to feel pretty good at halftime — they’re tied at 61 — and that’s with KD going just 2-for-10 from the field and turning the ball over four times. If he gets going and the defense holds late, they’re going to be in good shape down the stretch. – 4:44 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
That Kyrie pass! Incredible velocity. – 4:43 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That pass by Kyrie was ridiculous. – 4:43 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Goran Dragic with 11 points in 12 minutes on 5-for-6 shooting. No turnovers in a game full of them. Steve Nash will sign himself up for that plenty. – 4:43 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Daniel Theis is pissed off at the no-call on Durant’s contest of Tatum’s 3… he thinks that’s the same call that got him his 3rd foul – 4:43 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Goran Dragic has always put it on the #Celtics. #Nets4:42 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Rare, but the Celtics blew that switch big time. – 4:42 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Dragic is one of the long-time Celtics-killers. And it goes to another level in the playoffs. – 4:41 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Tatum is loving the Claxton switch … he’s gotten a couple of layups out of that. Running it with Horford keeps Durant occupied enough that he’s not helping at the rim – 4:41 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Tatum racking up seven assists to loosen up the defense makes him so much tougher when he gets his shot going. – 4:40 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
jayson tatum is transcendent – 4:38 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That Smart rim protection on the Durant drive should go on his DPOY highlight reel when he wins it. – 4:37 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
KD does not look comfortable in the first half here. He’s just 2-for-9 from the field and already has 4 turnovers in 17 minutes. Celtics throwing bodies at him, as usual, but he looks a little flustered. Going to have to make some adjustments at halftime to get him more space. – 4:37 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Marcus Smart rim protection against Kevin Durant holy crap, perfect verticality and altered the shot. – 4:36 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Brooklyn: The Celtics have taken a 53-49 lead here with 2:51 to go in the 2nd quarter. The Nets have gotten decent first halves from almost all their rotation players — except Kevin Durant. Durant is 2-9 from the field for 7 points and has 4 TOs to 1 AST. – 4:36 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
A jumper and a three by Tatum and a fast break bucket by Jaylen Brown for a 53-49 lead and it is really loud here. – 4:36 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Styles make fights – and this Nets-Celtics series has the makings of a really, really good/entertaining fight – 4:36 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
9-2 #Celtics run as they are defending without fouling after putting the #Nets in the bonus early in 2Q. – 4:36 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
What a job by Smart to help on the KD drive. Point guard rim protection. – 4:36 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Celtics fast break points 19, Nets 4. – 4:35 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Tatum has been the best player on the court. – 4:35 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Four fouls on Andre Drummond. Looks like Nash is sticking to Claxton. Had wondered if we’d see Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge if one of the bigs got into foul trouble. Apparently not. – 4:35 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
It’s great to get into the paint and drive on Claxton but then the Celtics need to either get him biting on fakes or dumping the ball off to his man because he’s selling out to help – 4:35 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
All this fouling probably hurting the Celtics a little more. Nets haven’t had anywhere near their A game but with no flow it’s impossible to put a few stops together and build any kind of lead. – 4:34 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
The Nets have one legit big man in Andre Drummond and he’s already got 4 fouls – 4:34 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Andre Drummond just got his fourth foul, which brings in Claxton, the player who gives Celtics a tougher time, anyway. – 4:33 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Between Smart and White, the Celtics are intolerable floppers. – 4:33 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Four fouls on Drummond.
I’m not sure that really hurts the Nets. Claxton is the better guy for this series. – 4:33 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Games between New York and Boston teams taking forever isn’t just for baseball anymore. – 4:33 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Andre Drummond with four first-half fouls. – 4:33 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
I think it’s hilarious that Brooklyn got Derrick White switched onto Drummond that whole possession and they didn’t even glance at it the whole time – 4:33 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Andre Drummond just picked up his 4th foul in 12 minutes. #Nets4:33 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Drummond just picked up his fourth foul with 4:48 left in the 2nd. A lot of Nic Claxton the rest of the way here. – 4:33 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Man…you can’t leave this many points off the board against the Nets. Celtics are 7-for-12 at the free throw line. – 4:33 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Four fouls on Andre Drummond. #Celtics #Nets4:32 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
4 fouls on Drummond. – 4:32 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Six of the eight Celtics who have played have at least two fouls. That’s something to watch. – 4:32 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
KD just hit a shot over both Marcus Smart and Al Horford. Durant is now 2-of-8 from the field for 7 points. That shot might get him going. – 4:31 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Celtics caught a break in foul city there. Horford fouled KD but it went to Smart. Theis already has 3 and would’ve been Horford’s third. – 4:31 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Bond with aunt sparked Derrick White’s work with Special Olympics expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…4:30 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum’s already at 7 assists midway through the second quarter. Had more than 7 in just 5 total games this year. – 4:30 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Bruce Brown is now 1-of-1 from 3 in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. – 4:29 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Tatum has more assists (seven) than shot attempts (four). – 4:29 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Seven assists now for Tatum. Passing the ball brilliantly. – 4:29 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Jerry & Virginia McManus, Derrick White’s grandparents, told me last week DWhite donated $5,000 to their annual fundraiser for @SpecialOlympics Colorado. Over the past 5 years, he has given $25K to the nonprofit. Here’s DWhite talking to Special Olympians at the AT&T Center. pic.twitter.com/3nKnZ3bVvG4:28 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
I didn’t anticipate it in my Nets-Celtics previews but the officials are about to turn this into the Luke Kornet series. – 4:27 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets holding a 41-40 lead at the 6:41 mark of the 2nd quarter. Timeout, Celtics. Kyrie Irving has come alive but Kevin Durant is just 1-7 for 4 points. 28 so far from players not named KD or Kyrie. Same for BOS: 40 from players not named Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown. Horford: 12 – 4:27 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
I love the way Tatum is managing the game. Shifting between handler and screener, using his presence to tilt the floor properly. And yet Kyrie can generate six points on pull up 3s vs your big and it erases a lot of what you do – 4:26 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown needs to drive that to score. – 4:25 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Unsure what exactly the Celtics are trying to do defensively against Kyrie this quarter but it is not working! – 4:24 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Daniel Theis picks up his third. Kyrie to the line for three. He hits them all – and the Celtics lose the non-Durant minutes at the beginning of the second quarter. – 4:23 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Kyrie is on his flop game early. – 4:22 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Third foul on Theis, on a Kyrie 3pt attempt. #Celtics #Nets4:21 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Kyrie hits a 3 on Theis drop coverage, so they change up to switch, and Kyrie sets up an open missed 3 on Curry. Then Kyrie hits another 3 on Theis off a transition screen. – 4:21 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton is like Tonks from Harry Potter. Always switching up the hairstyle. Got to respect it. – 4:21 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving’s heating up in the 2nd quarter with a pair of back-to-back pull up 3s. Irving’s up to 10 points. – 4:21 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
KD has passed Jerry West for eighth place on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list 📈 pic.twitter.com/C5MVEGt6CS4:20 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
No Durant on the floor has been a disaster for Brooklyn … C’s need to capitalize on this stretch – 4:18 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
The game’s high scorers in the first quarter were Al Horford, Seth Curry, Grant Williams, and Andre Drummond, just as expected. – 4:17 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Kyrie and KD combine to shoot 1-for-8 from the field and turn it over 5 times and the Nets are down just 1 after the first quarter. – 4:16 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 29-28 after one
Horford – 10 points
Grant – 7 points
Tatum – 4 points, 4 assists
Celtics – 40.9% FGs
Celtics – 4-9 threes
Celtics – 4 TOs
Curry – 9 points
Drummond – 6 points
Durant – 4 points
Irving – 4 points
Nets – 50% FGs
Nets – 1-4 threes
Nets – 7 TOs – 4:16 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Celtics lead the Nets 29-28 at the end of the first quarter. Kyrie and KD start a combined 1-for-8. Boston’s defense is legit, but BK appears to have adjusted as time went on. – 4:15 PM
Vince Cellini @Vince_Cellini
Just saw Seth Curry set an illegal screen turning his shoulder into a defender and getting a call to shoot free throws. Like a catch in the NFL I’m not sure what’s what in NBA anymore. #notravel #nocarry4:15 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
1️⃣-point game at the end of 1️⃣ pic.twitter.com/YCsfoPH2p74:15 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics lead Nets 29-28 after 1Q. Horford 10, GWilliams 7, Tatum 4; Curry 9, Drummond 6, Durant 4, Irving 4.
18 total fouls. 22 total FTs. – 4:15 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
END OF Q1: CELTICS 29, NETS 28
Seth Curry leads all Nets with 9, and Al Horford leads all Celtics with 10.
Tatum: 0-1 FG, 4 PTS
Durant: 1-6 FG, 4 PTS
Irving: 0-2 FG, 4 PTS
Jaylen: 1-5 FG, 2 PTS – 4:14 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
The first quarter lasted about 40 minutes… 9 fouls called on each team and 22 free throws taken. Horford leads all scorers with 10 points. Curry has 9 for BK so there’s a lot still to shake out here – 4:14 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
If you would’ve told me the #Nets would have seven turnovers and get 1-of-6 shooting from KD after one, I’d think they were in a big hole. They trail just 29-28 after holding the #Celtics to .409 from the floor. – 4:14 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
In addition to all the fouls, Tatum, Jaylen, Kyrie and KD were a combined 2 for 14 in that first quarter. – 4:13 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
End of 1st QTR: Nets 28, Celtics 29
Seth Curry (9 PTS), Andre Drummond (6 PTS), Kevin Durant (4 PTS) & the Nets have already turned over the ball 7 times. Durant has 3 of them. Brooklyn is also shooting it at only 25% from three so far. – 4:13 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
The entire Celtics big man rotation has two fouls each in the first quarter. Good defense so far, but that’s going to be hard to hold up if they lose their physicality edge. Celtics barely holding on to a 29-28 lead through one, even with 7 Nets turnovers. – 4:13 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Two fouls apiece on Horford, Theis and Grant Williams. This is where the Celtics are vulnerable — in Williams absence, not much depth on that front line. – 4:13 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
The eagerly-anticipated first-round matchup of Boston and Brooklyn now starring – 18 first-quarter fouls. – 4:12 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Two fouls on Horford, Theis and Grant now. – 4:12 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Al Horford flinch, playoff edition: pic.twitter.com/41S32XRNp84:12 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Now Grant Williams also has two fouls. Everyone the Celtics were planning to play in their frontcourt has already picked up two before the end of the first. – 4:12 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Three missed free throws for the Celtics in the first quarter. That’s not great. – 4:12 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
With Claxton on Tatum, would like to see Celtics attack the likes of Dragic in pick and roll and try to get into a 4 on 3 game with no rim protector for Brooklyn. – 4:11 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
That’s technically a foul on Horford, but Claxton wasn’t getting the rebound anyway. When there have already been 15 fouls called, maybe let that one go? – 4:10 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Oh the Horford head-fake on the free throw!! – 4:10 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Horford free throw flinch! – 4:10 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
First quarter foul trouble
Theis 2, Horford 2, Brown 2, Curry 2. – 4:10 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford and Daniel Theis both have two fouls before the end of the first quarter. Theis still coming back in here. With the frontcourt thin due to Robert Williams’ injury, could be an issue. – 4:10 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
16 fouls so far in the 1Q. #Celtics #Nets4:10 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Rob Williams on the #Celtics bench in sweats.
Ime Udoka said today, they are expecting to play this series without him, but he is progressing. – 4:10 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Celtics scored on all those early run-outs, but low-key their halfcourt offense has kinda been ass. – 4:09 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Love Tatum making that extra pass. Really good patience – 4:09 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Horford gave KD a nice little forearm to prevent him from helping on the Williams dunk – 4:09 PM
Gary Tanguay @Gary_Tanguay
Celts have outplayed the Nets and are down 2. – 4:08 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kessler Edwards just forced that turnover on Tatum – 4:08 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
With his first four points of the afternoon, Nets say Kevin Durant (4,458 points) has moved past Jerry West (4,457 points) into eighth place on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list.
Next up: Karl Malone (4,761 points). – 4:07 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
I like stealing some mins with Pritchard while Kyrie is out of the game – 4:07 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Theis getting in foul trouble threw it off a bit, but Udoka has stuck with the regular season rotation so far.
Tatum and a big out early. Then Tatum will come back in for Brown. Theis would usually come back in for Horford around this point.
Smart usually goes whole of Q1. – 4:06 PM
Thon Maker @ThonMaker14
If this is the score and Nets not playing well besides Curry, that means Boston is in trouble.
#Playoffs #NetsWorld #Netsin64:05 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
The Nets are tied with the Celtics despite 7 turnovers and 7 fouls but also Jayson Tatum is 0-for-1 from the field so life is all about perspective – 4:05 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics have seven more shot attempts than the #Nets and they’ve missed those seven. – 4:04 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics should be up, and probably by a lot, considering how the Nets are turning it over. But Boston is shooting like crap.
7-for-19 to open this one. – 4:03 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Nets have not played a particularly good opening 9 minutes, but we have a tie game in Boston, 21-21. The Nets have turned the ball over 7 times so far, Kevin Durant is 1-of-4 and Kyrie Irving is 0-2 with 4 points at the foul line.
Yet we’re tied. – 4:03 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Brooklyn has played a pretty bad quarter of basketball so far, but the Celtics are shooting 7-19 from the field and the game is tied. The game will settle down for Brooklyn. Missed opportunity here for Boston – 4:02 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Horford has truly carried the Celtics this quarter. And this is as fired up as I’ve seen him in a long time. – 4:02 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Can look at this start any way you want. The Celtics could be up 10 based on how many turnovers they’ve forced already. Instead it’s a tie game with 2:45 left in the first. – 4:02 PM
Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
Curry carrying KD again – 4:01 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Celtics have had great success digging in on Durant, who has three turnovers, all via strips. – 4:01 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Nets not named Kyrie or Kevin are 5-of-5 from the field so far. – 4:01 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant (3) and Kyrie Irving (2) have 5 of the Nets’ 7 turnovers in the first quarter. Bruce Brown has the other 2. – 4:00 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Al Horford loose ball foul knocks Kyrie over in the lane and the sound you hear is the sculptors starting work on the statue of Horford. – 4:00 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Don’t think Udoka wants Grant pulling up for transition threes. #Celtics #Nets4:00 PM
David Thorpe @coachthorpe
Amazing teams still don’t fake KD inside. His timing is too good otherwise. – 3:59 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets have gone through long sloppy turnover-prone stretches. Tonight is one. Seven in the first 6:57. Brooklyn trails the #Celtics 21-17 after that Seth Curry 3. – 3:59 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Game-high 8 points for Al Horford. Could play Drummond off the floor if he keeps shooting like this. – 3:59 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nic Claxton and Patty Mills are the first Nets off the bench in Game 1. – 3:59 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Celtics are making Kevin Durant look jittery with the ball. That’s how good that defense is. – 3:58 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
This isn’t even close to the way Kevin Durant has been officiated this season. He must be really surprised. – 3:58 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Durant is barking at officials, feels like he’s been fouled about four times already. #Celtics #Nets3:58 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
I don’t want to step into @Dan Greenberg‘s lane here, but if Brooklyn is going to gift you 7 minutes of penalty free throws, you have to make those free throws – 3:58 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
It gets Grant two free throws, but we don’t need the foul called on KD out there. Didn’t impact the play in the slightest. Let them play a little please. – 3:57 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
In the first 6 minutes the Nets now have 7 fouls and 5 turnovers. Celtics should be up by more than 4. – 3:57 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Boston playing like a team that knows they need to win this series with smothering point of attack defense, especially without Robert Williams. Nets gotta lift the floor and cut backdoor, but hard to do when you have to play non-shooters. – 3:57 PM
Chris Miller @cmillsnbcs
Remember when Al Horford played for OKC, or didn’t. – 3:56 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Thunder legend Al Horford – 3:56 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Boston’s defensive adjustments so far:
– Everyone in the area of KD and Kyrie is sinking off their man to help contest their pull ups
– High pressure on the ball handler in transition to draw the screens above the arc
– JT going for steals aggressively
– Switching up on Kyrie – 3:55 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Al Horford is bouncy today!! – 3:55 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jayson Tatum on-ball defense. Impressive. #Celtics #Nets3:55 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
A lot of fouls early in Boston — both of these teams are playing tight. Brown and Curry each have two already. Celtics doing a solid job on KD to start. He’s seeing bodies everywhere he goes. Nets have four turnovers and haven’t found any rhythm yet. – 3:52 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
10 fouls (6 on Brooklyn) and 6 turnovers in the first 5 1/2 minutes.
You can talk all week about having your emotions under control…then the bell rings.
11-10, Boston – 3:52 PM
Thon Maker @ThonMaker14
Boston In the bonus with 8:45 to go is wild!!! – 3:52 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Smart is trying to isolate on Kyrie. – 3:52 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Great opening minutes to what’s expected to be a great series. Celtics and Nets are going back and forth. It feels like the Celtics have momentum, but it’s only an 11-10 game at the 6:25 mark. Nets have been a little sloppy with the ball, but that’s expected against Boston. – 3:51 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Now it’s just time to go out there and compete. pic.twitter.com/qFcY945fj23:51 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Nets in the bonus with 7:15 to play in Q1. Might be a lot of free throws coming in this one. – 3:50 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Celtics now fouling a bunch too. Theis sitting with 2. C’s now on their 4th team foul as well. This could turn into a free throw shooting contest in a hurry – 3:50 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
whispers …
not sure two quick fouls on Theis is such a bad thing for Boston. – 3:50 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
This has been an issue for the Celtics. In the bonus and nothing but jumpers. They need to get downhill and to the rim. – 3:49 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Both teams in the bonus for the final 7:15 of 1Q. #Celtics #Nets3:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Two early fouls on Daniel Theis. Grant Williams in for Boston. – 3:48 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
And Theis picks up his second foul 4:08 into the game. Seven fouls called total already. #Celtics #Nets3:48 PM
David Thorpe @coachthorpe
When Tyrese Maxey was learning to read in pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade, Al Horford was winning 3 SEC and 2 NCAA titles. Incredible they are in the same tournament now. – 3:48 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets have four turnovers in the first 3:45. – 3:47 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Theis physicality is showing through early. #Nets #Celtics3:47 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Fourth team foul on Brooklyn, 2nd on Curry. Boston will shoot free throws on every foul moving forward with 8:45 left in the 1st quarter. Brown has 2 now too… key role players could be sitting soon for Brooklyn – 3:47 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Five fouls on the Nets in the first 3:15.
Curry and Brown two apiece. – 3:46 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Two quick fouls on Bruce Brown. – 3:46 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics are in the bonus with over 9 minutes to play in Q1. – 3:46 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics already have Nets in the penalty with nine minutes left. – 3:46 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
I’ve said it on every appearance I’ve made leading up to this game. Seth Curry is the 3rd most important player for the Nets this series. And now he’s got 2 fouls at the 9:01 mark of the first quarter. – 3:46 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Boston clearly wants to push the ball. Smart is flying up the court off these inbounds. – 3:45 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Two early buckets from Seth Curry, who could get his share of good looks in this series. #Nets #Celtics3:45 PM
NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
A new Nike KD 15 colorway for the postseason! #NBAKicks pic.twitter.com/sURMjzPFWG3:45 PM

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Great pass from Marcus Smart here: pic.twitter.com/tpFWmPY8AE3:45 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Jayson Tatum got on that Giannis diet. Dude is deezed. – 3:44 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
NBA teams want layups, free throws, and 3-pointers… Boston has 1 of each so far getting good looks in the early minutes – 3:44 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Huge to see Seth Curry put his foot in the ground to get separation for a pullup, and then a drive. He looked very limited on Tuesday. – 3:44 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Andre Drummond has had some big games against the C’s in his career. Small subplot in a series full of some great storylines – 3:44 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Al Horford already flexing for the Garden crowd to get them fired up. – 3:44 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford running a little pick and roll there? One way to pick on Andre Drummond, I guess. – 3:43 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
True to his word, Ime Udoka is sticking with what the Celtics do well early — switching everything. – 3:43 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
I’m one of like 10 people left on earth annoyed that the Celtics are wearing black jerseys as the home team with the Nets wearing white, why must this happen – 3:42 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Other than catching the opening tip Kyrie doesn’t touch the ball on first Nets possession – partly due to Marcus Smart defense and thankfully for my hearing since they are loud when he touches it. – 3:42 PM
Tom Lorenzo @TomLorenzo
Nets in 6. There, I said it. – 3:41 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Celtics fans greet Kyrie Irving the best way they know how pic.twitter.com/08SY70AWjB3:39 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Went Celtics in 7 with the pick. They are really good, have the home-court advantage and deserve to be considered a favorite, but not by much with the way the Nets have looked lately. – 3:38 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Loud boos for the Nets here pic.twitter.com/r6KKMj6RyB3:37 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets pregame intros. #Celtics pic.twitter.com/SHRHs8UMI83:37 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Lusty boos for “Dorchester’s” Bruce Brown, but the volume rises for Kyrie Irving. – 3:37 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Based on Kyrie’s pregame reception, I understandably don’t think Celtics fans have moved on like he wanted. – 3:37 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Some hearty boos as Bruce Brown, from Dorchester, is announced but they pale in comparison to the boos for Kyrie Irving. #Celtics #Nets3:36 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Moments away from tipoff at TD Garden, where No. 2 Celtics and No. 7 Nets are about to start Game 1 of the first round. This series is a toss-up. Nets have KD & Kyrie. Celtics have the league’s best defense, a Coach of the Year candidate, & a star in Tatum. Updates to come. – 3:35 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
my Hot Take is that Kyrie has given Celtics fans plenty of reason to dislike him and Celtics fans have given him plenty of reasons to dislike them and maybe the best thing for both sides is to agree to deeply dislike each other because that happens a lot in sports – 3:34 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
It’s the Battle of The Starting Lineup!
@Brian Scalabrine 🆚 @Frank Isola
Hear Game 1 of the Nets-Celtics game NOW on NBA Radio! https://t.co/AYipQpw9t4
What kind of bet should they put on the line? pic.twitter.com/lBYPF2nWuR3:33 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Ready. Set. PLAYOFFS ☘️ pic.twitter.com/pEmNYDV0FQ3:32 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
The Heat are 7-1 since they got ✌️’d by Andre Drummond. pic.twitter.com/zBYPkU0uzP3:31 PM

Sarah Kustok @sarahkustok
We got you for full postgame coverage of Game 1 between the @Brooklyn Nets v @Boston Celtics on @YESNetwork & the YES App.. Join us! pic.twitter.com/OfdljWCP1H3:22 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
🗣️ Brooklyn in the building pic.twitter.com/AwIgJaKPDW3:20 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving booed as he walks in the proximity of the #Celtics Lucky logo in pregame warmups. #nets pic.twitter.com/d4NRBG0SOL3:20 PM

Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Miami Heat’s #NBAPlayoffs kicks for Game 1:
• PJ Tucker – AJ 11 IE
• Tyler Herro – Nike GT Cut
• Duncan Robinson – Nike KD 14
• Coach Spo – AJ 3 “Cyber Monday” pic.twitter.com/AsJpPXguIC3:19 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Going back on IG Live for pregame from Boston
IG: Krisplashed – 3:17 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Celtics game ops puts a picture of Bruce Brown up on the Jumbotron, with his quote about the Celtics being vulnerable in the paint without Rob Williams layered over it. Boos erupt. Red meat being thrown out there early. – 3:16 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Jumbotron reminding fans of the Bruce Brown comments.
Spoiler alert…they did not meet reminding. pic.twitter.com/5RsFeSGSfP3:16 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Just showed the Bruce Brown quote on the scoreboard here at TD Garden — and the reaction wasn’t good. Folks, remember, he’s from here. Be kind. – 3:14 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
They just showed Bruce Brown’s quote about the Celtics not having Robert Williams and attacking Al Horford and Daniel Theis on the jumbotron here at TD Garden. Celtics fans booed. – 3:14 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
The Celtics just put Bruce Brown’s comments on the Jumbotron. The crowd booed. – 3:14 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
The wait is almost over… pic.twitter.com/VeIUzoDj363:11 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Poll: Who wins the Nets-Celtics series? – 3:10 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
TD Garden still filling up. Didn’t check to see what time bars opened around here and if fans will be in full form for Kyrie intro here. – 3:06 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Shoutout @ArbellaIns for hooking up every seat with these shirts 🔥 pic.twitter.com/AUfVs35qpi3:05 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Nets at Celtics– TD Garden – April 17, 2022 – Game 1 Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, Theis
Brooklyn – Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry, Bruce Brown, Kevin Durant, Andre Drummond
OUT: Boston: R. Williams Brooklyn: Simmons, Harris pic.twitter.com/JRkGkJnxw93:04 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters this afternoon:
Daniel Theis
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Nets starters:
Andre Drummond
Bruce Brown
Kevin Durant
Seth Curry
Kyrie Irving – 3:02 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters for Game 1 in Boston: Irving, Curry, Durant, Brown and Drummond – 3:01 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
The Nets’ Starters vs. the Celtics:
👴🏾Kyrie Irving
💦Seth Curry
🔒Bruce Brown
💲Kevin Durant
🦍Andre Drummond – 3:01 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Greetings from home. I made it the whole regular season without getting sick, so of course I fall ill for the start of the playoffs. @Jared Weiss is covering for me in Boston. Follow him. I expect to be back for Game 3. Will tweet a few thoughts throughout the game. – 3:00 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Nets have won all three playoff series with the Celtics, winning 12 of the 15 games.
Among teams that have met 15+ times, that .800 win percentage is the highest any team holds over another in NBA Playoff history.
(#2 on that list is Boston vs. Chicago..the road not taken.) – 2:52 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Ben Simmons has some pep in his step during pregame workouts today. #NetsLevel #Netsworld pic.twitter.com/kgjiKnd7yH2:49 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Ben Simmons has been getting some dribbling exercises in here pregame for the last 20 minutes or so. These last few pregames it feels like he’s been coming out early to try and get a feel for what it’s like to be on an NBA floor again. – 2:49 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Ben Simmons is doing some mid-court dribbling. – 2:46 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Kevin Durant once again getting heckled by some – certainly not all – end zone fans during his pregame warmup. – 2:43 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
##Celtics ready to counter words with actions on the court in opening series against Nets bostonglobe.com/2022/04/16/spo… via @BostonGlobe2:37 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Countdown to tip-off ⌛️ pic.twitter.com/nCFLwuokVc2:35 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
No work tomorrow in Boston due to the holiday. I’m pretty sure that crowd is going to be really ready to go at tip-off. – 2:32 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving and the Boston crowd: “Kyrie’s been here a number of times. He’s been here proverbially in a playoff sense and hostile environments dozens of times. It’s not that I really think that has a huge effect on Kyrie.” – 2:32 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Jumped on with @DHenryTV from @SNYtv to talk #Nets#Celtics, if Ben Simmons can help when he returns … youtu.be/41OwK_3rasg via @YouTube2:32 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Ime Udoka: “It all comes back to Durant and Irving, so some things I saw last year and throughout the year that obviously I know about those guys. We’ll see what we can do with that, but they’re high-level scorers and they’re gonna kinda get what they get.” – 2:32 PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
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Mark Murphy @Murf56
Ime Udoka said Rob Williams is, “progressing nicely. But as I’ve said all along we’re preparing to play this series without him, understanding that if we’re surprised by something, great, but we feel like we have enough with what we have now.” – 2:18 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I don’t worry about Kyrie…. Kyrie’s been here a number of times, he’s been here … dozens of times. It’s not something that I really think has a huge effect on Kyrie.”
-Steve Nash asked about hostile environments #NetsWorld pic.twitter.com/V5QP5YNvif2:14 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Steve Nash was asked about Boston’s switch-everything defense and how the Nets can combat that: pic.twitter.com/dhwYJqWty12:11 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Asked Steve Nash about Kyrie Irving and the #Celtics fans: “I don’t worry about Kyrie. Kyrie’s been here a number of times. He’s been here in a playoff sense and hostile environments dozens of times. It’s not something that I really think has a huge effect on Kyrie.” #Nets #NBA2:10 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“You don’t go into the games worrying about the fans — I’m not worried about Kyrie (Irving) … He’s been here.”
⁃Steve Nash on Celtics fans impacting his play. – 2:04 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Steve Nash says you don’t go into a game worrying about fans. He’s not worried about Kyrie Irving at all facing a hostile former fanbase. – 2:04 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He’ll do a little bit of everything.”
⁃Steve Nash on Kevin Durant. – 2:03 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Steve Nash acknowledges the Celtics switch everything defense can take teams out of their own system. – 2:03 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Celtics coach Ime Udoka on Robert Williams: “He’s progressing nicely, doing a little bit more every day and on-court work now. But we’re preparing to play a series without him. If we’re surprised by something, great. I feel we have enough with what we have now. He’s a huge piece” pic.twitter.com/devM2SLKVc2:01 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Celtics coach Ime Udoka continues to say that Boston is preparing to play its entire first-round series against Brooklyn without Robert Williams.
Moe NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com1:51 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Ime Udoka on Rob Williams: “He’s progressing nicely, we’re preparing to play series without him still.” – 1:51 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Ime Udoka on Robert Williams: “He’s progressing nicely, a little bit more every day. But as I’ve said all along is we’re preparing to play a series without him.” #Nets #Celtics1:50 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka confirms that Daniel Theis will start this afternoon alongside Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. – 1:50 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
The Celtics will start Daniel Theis next to Al Horford as they did to end the regular season. – 1:50 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Ime Udoka reiterates the #Celtics are planning to play this series without Robert Williams. – 1:50 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Ime Udoka on starting center Robert Williams (knee): “He’s progressing nicely. Doing a little bit more every day. Oh court work now, but we’re preparing to play a series without him.” – 1:50 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka reiterates that Rob Williams is progressing as he has the last few days, but they are still preparing for the series without him and he is still in the 4-6 week timeframe. That timeframe does give him a chance to enter the series late though. – 1:50 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka on Rob Williams: “He’s progressing nicely, coming along. But we’re prepared to play a series without him. If we get a surprise and he’s back early, that would be nice. But we’re prepared to play this series without him.” – 1:50 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
“We are preparing to play this series without him” says Ime Udoka to the 50th question this week about Rob Williams possibly coming back in the next two weeks. – 1:49 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said Robert Williams is “progressing nicely” and doing a little bit more every day. Said the Celtics are still planning to play this series without him, but if he surprises them and comes back sooner that’s great. – 1:49 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Coach Udoka says “we have a nice calm about us” heading into Game 1. – 1:48 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka says the Celtics vibes are all business after a week of practice: “We have a nice calm about us.” – 1:47 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said he is “not that concerned” about rust or nerves. Said the vibe around the team is about the business. Said there’s a nice calm around the Celtics. – 1:47 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Dressed to impress 💧 pic.twitter.c