The Boston Celtics just took down the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series, putting them up two games to none. It’s fair to say that Boston is certainly looking like a two-seed in this series.
To start the game, Boston looked a little shaky, and, honestly, they looked nervous. Between bad turnovers, missing shots they usually hit, and defense that didn’t look like the defense we have known to love, it was deja vu to a time in early 2021-22 that we don’t remember fondly.
That said, whether it was pre-game jitters or maybe they just weren’t warm enough, it didn’t matter. The C’s managed to pull out another tough victory anyway.
All five of Boston’s starters managed to score double digits, but it was Jaylen Brown who really stole the show and stepped up when it mattered the most.
As the game went on, the team started to get comfortable and got back to playing their defense as we know, and shut down Kevin Durant, who shot 0/10 (!!!) from the field in the second half. As a matter of fact, Durant scored 18 of his 27 points from the charity stripe in Game 2.
After dropping 39 points last game, many people thought that Kyrie was due for another big game, but unfortunately for Brooklyn Nets fans, Kyrie was held to 10 points on 31% shooting.
As a team, Brooklyn only shot 46% from the field. Just for comparison, Boston shot 52%.
While I was watching the game, there were a couple of things that I noticed. The team looked like they were missing something, but I also noticed two players in particular who really stepped up to the challenge tonight.
Here are my 3 main takeaways from this great game: