Charles Barkley Declares Kevin Durant and Brooklyn Nets Will Sweep Boston Celtics in First Round

Published 05/26/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
May 25, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Blake Griffin (2) dunks against Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) during the third quarter of game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets have looked very strong during the NBA playoffs. The dominant trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving is getting an extended run playing together. Because of their respective injury concerns, they didn’t get to play together very often during the regular season.

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Given the lack of momentum playing together this season, there were doubts about their chemistry coming in. However, they have squashed all those concerns, going ahead 2-0 in dominant displays against the Celtics.

Chuck says Brooklyn Nets will sweep

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The trio’s performance has impressed several fans and experts, one of them being none other than NBA legend Charles Barkley. During an edition of ‘Inside the NBA‘, Barkley ‘guaranteed’ that the Brooklyn Nets would sweep the Boston Celtics 4-0 in this round.

The Nets only need to win only two more games to sweep the Celtics in this round. However, their next two games will be on the road, at a rowdy Boston Garden that will have fans back in some capacity.

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The Nets have been absolutely phenomenal during the playoffs. Even though they have only played two playoff games so far, the Nets’ big three are showing how well they can play together.

Irving and Harden are two players that have been accused of being ball-dominant. However, the two have gelled very well, sharing the ball between each other, and switching from their natural positions. If the Nets can keep this up, they will be a serious problem in the East.

Nets have been playing solid

What has stood out from the Nets’ games so far is their defense. While their defensive performances haven’t been excellent, they have been much better than it was before. Furthermore, their offense is considered to be all-time great.

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So, regardless of the opposition’s score, they can outscore them. But if the Nets can play decent defense, their offense can take care of the rest with incredible scoring.

May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) and Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) react during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Can Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets win the NBA title this season? They are looking like one of the favorites going into the playoffs. However, until they face a defensively solid team like the Bucks or 76ers, we won’t know their final potential. But if all three stars are playing at their highest level, few teams will be able to stop them.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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