April 16, 2013
Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics on the road
The Nets and the Celtics are both going into the postseason this year.
By Stephen Lars
It seems as if the Nets are going to be able to secure home court advantage throughout the first round of the NBA Playoffs. At 46’32 for the season, Brooklyn is holding on tight to the 4th spot in the Eastern Conference race. The Nets hold on to a 3½ game advantage over the Chicago Bulls who have not seen their finest hour in a while now. There are only four games to be played in the regular season, and there´s very little chance that the Nets could lose that 4th spot. Now, on the other hand, the Boston Celtics are currently on the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference, despite the fact that they´ve dropped four of their last six games. At 40-38 for the season, the Celtics are still three games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks who currently hold the last ticket into the Playoffs. However, they have now dropped 2 ½ games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, as the Hawks managed to beat the 76ers 124-110 at Philadelphia.
The Boston Celtics are currently on the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference
Now, back to the Celtics-Nets game. Playing at home and having Kevin Garnett back from the second straight night, after the veteran player missed 8 straight games with a swollen ankle, there was some hope around the team that they could just be able to turn this streak around and defend the Nets at home. Little did they know that Derron Williams would quite simply have too much game for anyone that head coach Doc Rivers could put on him. For the better part of the night it was going to be up to Avery Bradley to try to guard Williams, but the Celtics defensive guard got into foul trouble early, and Williams did as he pleased in the court. The Nets 28-year-old point guard would guide Brooklyn’s efforts with 29 points, twelve assists and 4 rebounds as the Nets took a 101-93 win at the Boston Garden.
The Nets made it clear from the start: they wanted to take the best of this 4 game series and behind Williams big performance came good numbers from the rest of the squad. Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Joe Johnson added 20 to round up the Nets game. This is actually 12th game the squad has won in the previous 18 games overall and it is the third time in four meetings this season that they’ve taken down the Boston Celtics.
The veteran Celtics on the other hand are showing their flaws and they are running out of time to get things right before the playoffs kick in. Sure they have more postseason experience than most other team in the conference, but it’s unclear whether that could be enough against younger and more athletic teams. Paul Pierce led Boston with 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Jeff Green chipped in with 11 points and 4 rebounds. Veteran Kevin Garnett had 11 points and eight rebounds in his second showing after resting an ankle injury. Point guard Avery Bradley was simply outplayed by Williams and he finished the night fouling out and recording only 2 points and 1 rebound for the night. Boy, the Celtics are really going to miss Rajon Rondo in the postseason.
Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.