NEW YORK — The admirers at the Barclays Center, most of whom have been sporting environmentally friendly jerseys and T-shirts, experienced by now serenaded Kyrie Irving with an MVP chant in the course of fourth-quarter totally free throws. But the loudest cheers for the viewing squad have been reserved for a sequence in the closing minute when Jaylen Brown zipped an alley-oop lob to Jayson Tatum for an emphatic slam.
Irving overcame stress with his new protecting mask to rating a video game-large 25 factors, even though Brown and Tatum paired up for 32 factors as the Celtics gained their 13th straight video game with a 109-102 triumph above the host Nets.
The streaking Celtics will host the defending champion Warriors on Thursday evening at TD Backyard.
In the aftermath of that late-video game alley-oop, the remaining Nets admirers have been still left to enjoy Brown and Tatum interact in a celebratory body-bump around midcourt. It was a unpleasant reminder of what could have been.
Each Brown and Tatum, together with Irving, have been shipped to Boston by direct outcome of the draft picks the Nets sent the Celtics as component of the 2013 blockbuster that shipped Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to Brooklyn.
This was the initial time considering the fact that 2013 that Boston played a video game versus Brooklyn that failed to have implications on a foreseeable future select and Celtics admirers experienced normally used the hashtag #Netspick even though basking in Brooklyn’s new struggles. On Tuesday, Celtics admirers simply loved observing the exploits of their previous picks.
Heck, even Celtics coach Brad Stevens acknowledged right before Friday’s video game how substantially of an impression that trade experienced on Boston’s good results, both present-day and previous. Stevens experienced taken the Boston job in the rapid aftermath of the Nets and Celtics agreeing to the blockbuster swap (that wouldn’t formally be consummated till early in Stevens’ tenure) and he couldn’t have identified then how important the return haul would be in aiding Boston’s good results.
“I do not consider I understood when I arrived here how large [the trade] was, due to the fact it literally was going on as I was speaking to [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] about coming here,” stated Stevens. “And I was pondering almost certainly extra of it from a standpoint of coaching a workforce and being aware of you happen to be dropping Pierce, Garnett and all those guys.
“I have read Danny chat about it a whole lot. That Nets workforce, as built, we all believed would be actually fantastic. And they went on, in particular that [2013-14] 12 months, went on a tear there for a even though wherever they have been actually, actually fantastic. And it really is a really hard deal to be equipped to project into the foreseeable future. We’ve been fortuitous with regard to currently being equipped to get some players here in the draft that we consider will support us for a long time. But it really is really hard to project.
“Hey, at the conclude of the working day, the unpredictability is the difficult component of all those guys’ jobs.”
Boson’s profitable streak has found unique heroes throughout the run, with unique players stepping up, notably when stars have been hurt.
Even though Irving and Al Horford aided Boston finish off Tuesday’s get, it was Marcus Morris who arrived up with a string of essential fourth-quarter buckets to support Boston different by itself a little bit at a time when the workforce was battling to rating with its stars on the bench. Morris finished with 21 factors on 8-of-12 taking pictures.
The Celtics bought Irving again Tuesday evening but he seemed irritated with his mask throughout the video game. He would occasionally tinker with the straps even though bringing the ball up the courtroom and normally taken off it wholly at stoppages.
When Irving missed a layup even though currently being fouled in the 2nd quarter, he angrily tore the mask off his deal with in stress. It failed to deter him from some clutch late-video game hoops to hold the Nets at arm’s length.
Tatum finished with 19 factors on 6-of-9 taking pictures and sparked Boston’s offense early on. Brown experienced a several spotlight-reel moments, like an close to-the-globe dunk on an uncontested fastbreak that need to see time on SportsCenter’s Major 10.