On Summer, Jayson Tatum Avoids Kyrie Irving’s Revenge!

That’s what you call series start with style! Celtics and Nets put up a real first fight that was intense to the end and ended with a rather unlikely shot from Jayson Tatum. The latter was responding to Kyrie Irving’s impressive heatstroke in the last quarter.

In addition to the boos reserved for the leader of the nets from his former audience, who were still angry, this game started with… a lot of mistakes. After three minutes of play, the Nets, and soon their opponents, had already reached the milestone of five team fouls, equivalent to penalties. Symbol of a fast physical and intense match. Kevin Durant and the Nets were able to attest to this, seeing the strength of the Celtics defense from the opening minutes. However, this feast of whistles and passages on the free-throw line allowed the two teams to get close to the thirty points scored after twelve minutes (29-28).

The second quarter was much less choppy and was marked by Kyrie Irving awakening from behind the 3-point line. This was responding to circle attacks from Jayson Tatum, who was busy cutting Steve Nash’s proposed five of small size. The Celtics winger shone up until then with his fix and pass quality, from which Al Horford benefited greatly. There were 29 points between the two men at the break. While Kevin Durant was well defended (2/10), Goran Dragic needed good attacking passages before the nets were able to equalize at the break (61:61).

After 17 lead changes, the Celtics began to gain serious control of the game in the third act. Marcus Smart was one of the explanations for the first clear gap in the game (72-63) due to his defensive intensity and, less expected, his long-distance approach. Reduced to single exploits, neither Kyrie Irving nor Kevin Durant really managed to act on that moment in the game. Jayson Tatum took the opportunity to “dance” with Nicolas Claxton to give his team an 11-point lead after three quarters (96-85).

Despite the rise of his former team, Kyrie Irving also invited himself to the endurance party. The ex-Celtics player warmed up to sign an 8-0 on his own before chaining sharp penetrations. With their leader and a more intense defense, the Nets took the lead (102-107). Jaylen Brown and the others woke sleeping locals to collect the score. Despite another award-winning shot from Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown still found a way to react before his friend got everyone to agree on the buzzer. What a game !

WHAT YOU NEED TO NOTE

A crazy last minute ! Kyrie Irving’s winning shot with 45 seconds left (111-114) was a dagger in favor of the Nets. But no, because Jaylen Brown easily defeated his namesake Bruce to gain entry to the circle. Then the Celtics followed with a huge defense, with Kyrie Irving failing to create space despite a series of dribbles and being forced to relinquish the ball to Kevin Durant at the end of possession. After his bricked shot, Ime Udoka decided not to take his last time out. The nets were caught by 3-point threat Marcus Smart who found Jayson Tatum who sliced ​​to the circle that ended with a spin move and then a layup on the buzzer.

The Celtics’ rebound dominance. Andre Drummond, author of a good first half but with four penalties, saw little use in the second half. His replacement Nic Claxton tried to impose his size, falling short in a rebound fight easily won by the locals with 14 offensive rebounds. 14 is also the rebound differential in favor of Al Horford and his teammates. That gives the Celtics 11 more shot attempts.

TOPS/FLOPS

Kyrie Irving. We suspected that it was itching to silence his former audience, to whom he also gave the finger of honor. And it didn’t fail. He caught fire in the final quarter to register 18 points with a variety of moves with the ball. Also active in defence, he signed an entire game with little waste. Obviously, had it not been for that crucial shot from Jayson Tatum, he would have been man of the match.

Jayson Tatum. Let the game come to you: The winger has perfectly illustrated this great principle. He began his encounter by being unselfish with good distribution streaks. In the second and then in the third quarter, he took his own hand in attack. In the final third, the winger missed completely before scoring that unlikely layup.

Marcus Smart and Al Horford. Shadow Soldiers in the Light! The two men again set the tone in defense and also made the difference in attack during the night. First chained the winning baskets in the third quarter, while second hurt the Nets’ slugger with his power under the circle and ability to sanction from afar.

Kevin Durant. 23 points from 24 shots… Very bad odds for the Nets superstar who struggled all night to make good shots against Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown or Grant Williams. The first two cities, on the other hand, countered with a shot near the circle or with a “jumper”. “Stripped” more than once early in the dribble, he missed good transition chances in the final quarter, where he wiped out in front of Kyrie Irving.

FAULT FESTIVAL

18. Or the number of fouls cumulatively called on the two teams during the first quarter. A record in this area this season for a first quarter. Period in which each protagonist generally tries not to stack the whistles to avoid unpleasant surprises too early in the game.

KYRIE IRVING AND BOSTON STILL COLD

Booed the whole game, booed during the return to the dressing room at half-time where he responded with a “fuck you”, author of a finger of honor after a difficult shot, then other gestures to mock the crying fans…Kyrie Irving had hoping the Boston crowd would have moved on but it just wasn’t and it’s not going to get any better.

THE FOLLOWING

game 2 : in Boston, Wednesday April 20 (01:00, Wednesday night in France)

Celts / 115 shots jumps
player minimum shots 3 points LF O D T pd party international bp CT +/- Points valuation
J Tatum 45 18.9 3/7 10/12 1 3 4 8th 4 1 5 2 +2 31 30
A Horford 41 8/13 2/2 2/2 6 9 15 2 3 1 1 0 +8 20 32
D.Theis 20 1/6 0/2 2/2 4 2 6 0 4 1 1 0 +6 4 5
Mr Smart 36 8/17 4/9 0/0 2 5 7 6 4 2 3 0 +6 20 23
J Brown 40 19.9 1/4 4/6 1 4 5 3 4 4 2 2 +10 23 23
G Williams 21 3/7 0/4 1/2 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 1 -17 7 6
D White 28 3/8 1/4 0/0 0 3 3 4 2 3 2 0 -3 7 10
P Pritchard 8th 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -7 3 4
In total 42/89 33.12 19/24 14 29 43 24 24 12 14 5 115
network / 114 shots jumps
player minimum shots 3 points LF O D T pd party international bp CT +/- Points valuation
K.Durant 41 24.9 1/5 4/5 0 4 4 3 3 1 6 1 -13 23 10
B. Brown 37 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 1 1 2 5 2 2 0 -13 5 7
A Drummond 17 3/4 0/0 2/2 1 3 4 0 4 2 2 1 -13 8th 12
K.Irving 42 20.12 6/10 9/9 1 4 5 6 4 4 3 1 +6 39 44
flit 30 3/7 1/4 2/2 0 2 2 6 4 0 0 0 -1 9 13
N. Claxton 31 6/8 0/0 1/5 2 6 8th 1 1 1 1 3 +10 13 19
K Edwards 4 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 -6 0 2
G. Dragic 26 6/11 1/3 1/1 1 4 5 1 2 1 1 0 +17 14 15
P Mills 12 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 +8 3 2
In total 42/78 11/24 19/24 5 24 29 20 26 12 16 6 114

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