‘KD Found His Rhythm’: NBA Twitter Marvels at Boston Celtics Tough Fight Against Brooklyn Nets at Playoffs

Published 05/22/2021, 11:27 PM EDT
May 22, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots a jump shot defended by Boston Celtics guard Evan Fournier (94) during the third quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports


As the Brooklyn Nets readied themselves to face the Boston Celtics in their first playoff matchup in the Eastern Conference, it seemed like the Celtics would face trouble in cleaning up their mess. Not only have the Nets won all three of their regular-season games against them, but Boston is also without one of their star players. However, the Celtics proved that they are not the underdogs everyone believed them to be.

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For the first time in 18 years, the Celtics and Nets came head to head in a playoff series. This also immensely pressured the Nets to live up to their high standards and defeat the 7th seeded Celtics.

But the Boston Celtics have momentum on their side as they have just fought their way into playoff contention having just defeated the Washington Wizards. It was a treat watching Tatum drop 50 points against Washington. However, the Nets are nothing like the Wizards and this had everyone doubting their strength against Brooklyn.

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May 22, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) attempts a shot defended by Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) during the fourth quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets entered this game with a five-game winning streak backing them up. While it seemed like a one-sided affair and most could foresee a clean sweep for the Nets, the Celtics put up an incredible fight. In fact, NBA fans couldn’t help but post their reaction to this incredible game.

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From the get-go, the Brooklyn Nets were trailing the Celtics. By half-time, Boston had managed to maintain their six-point lead with nine three-pointers. Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker had taken matters into their own hands and started with a bang. But tables quickly turned in the third quarter. The Nets were able to gather themselves and get their much-awaited lead.

Although for a while there, it seemed like the Celtics had it under control; the Nets didn’t let an obvious win slip away. With Kevin Durant as the lead scorer with 32 points, Kyrie Irving was right behind him with his 29 points. Even though James Harden had a slow start, he also finished the night with 21 points. Irving looked like he was unstoppable on the floor, and Twitter couldn’t get enough of it either.

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The game ended with a 104-93 win for the Nets. This is a good start to a team predicted to most likely win the NBA Finals this season. However, what this game taught everyone is not to jump the gun. The Jaylen-less Celtics have shown promise of giving great competition to the Nets.

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So, what seemed like an easy win for the Nets, the Celtics did give them a run for their money. This has only made this matchup more interesting.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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