The Garden Report Crew breaks down Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs between the Celtics and the Nets. Join A. Sherrod Blakely, Jimmy Toscano, Josue Pavon, John Zannis and Bobby Manning. Post game show is powered by Locker Room. Download the Locker Room app (JoinLockerRoom.com) and join the chat following the Postgame show.
The Celtics led for the entire first half as Jayson Tatum got off to a hot start and Robert Williams III started off on an iconic performance with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 9 blocks as he neared a triple double. Marcus Smart contributed 17 points and Boston held the Nets without a three-pointer into the third quarter. The Celtics stuck around within one or a few possessions until Williams aggravated his turf toe late, heading to the bench while Tristan Thompson’s unit yielded two Kyrie Irving jumpers and a devastating Kevin Durant steal-and-dunk that created a 10-point lead that Brooklyn built up to 11 to wrap a commanding second half. Did the Celtics miss their only chance to steal a game, or is this series bound to remain competitive?