June 15, 2024

The Nets were reminded of just how far behind the top teams in the NBA they are. Much too large for them to detect a squad with such a strong lead.

In front of an electrified 18,053 spectators at Barclays Center on Tuesday, Brooklyn dug itself a hole and lost, 118-110, to the league-leading Celtics.

Jayson Tatum, who scored a game-high 41 points, shoots a layup over Nic Claxton during the Nets' 118-110 loss to the Celtics.

Superstar Jayson Tatum burned them for 31 of his game-high 41 points in the first half, leaving them helpless to watch as he ate them alive.

They watched as the mob, their mob, rained “M-V-P! M-V-P!” chants on him.

Tatum is a deserving MVP candidate, no doubt, but their own mishandled passes and poor defense gave the impression that one

“[There were] multiple things we could have done,” Mikal Bridges said. “I think just personally we were just messing up our coverages defensively as a team, so a lot of them going and slipping out to the rim. Everywhere it was 3s, dunks, getting out in transition, getting wide-open ones, getting free dunks and stuff.

Therefore, we merely need to improve and become more knowledgeable. The athletes must understand our responsibilities on the field.

Tatum settled in at the Nets’ headquarters. Furthermore, they were never able to stop him when they attempted to fight back.

The difficult portion of the doubleheader is about to begin on Wednesday night at TD Garden with the return leg.

After falling behind by as many as 23 points in the third quarter, Brooklyn (21-32) made several runs to close the gap to six points in the fourth.

But they were unable to overcome the setback and concluded the home-heavy phase of their schedule with a depressing loss. They had to embark on the hardest test imaginable after failing to gain weight while cooking at home.

After playing 13 home games over an 18-game run, the Nets finished just 6-12. They now have 14 of the next 20 games to be played away from home.

Tuesday showed the gap separating the teams.

“Time, chemistry,” Ben Simmons said. “They’ve been together for a while, so they’ve got it figured out. They’re a great team. Obviously No. 1 in the East. So it’s a good test for us.”

Tatum had given Boston s 93-70 cushion on a running dunk off a feed from Jaylen Brown with 4:19 left in the third quarter. But the Nets spent the rest of the evening giving chase, and nearly caught them.

With one minute remaining in the quarter, Brooklyn went on a 13-1 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters, making the score 98-80 following a free shot by Luke Kornet. With 7:55 remaining, Bridges’ dunk off a Thomas pass completed the run and trimmed the margin to 99-93.

Brooklyn, though, never drew any nearer.

With 2:07 remaining, Bridges made a 3-pointer off a feed from Jalen Wilson to get the score to six once more, 114-108, but Boston managed to keep them at bay for the remainder of the game.
The Celtics (42-12) are now enjoying their seventh five-game winning run of the season after going 16-6 over the previous 22 games.

It was thought-provoking. He received a few 3s. Coach Jacque Vaughn stated, “He got three threes, one was a foul, and two were off pick-and-rolls with Day’Ron [Sharpe] in there.” Therefore, seeing it again will be exciting. We started to cage him a little bit after these high-level guys got going, but they had so much shooting. Watching it again will be fascinating to see what changes we can make.

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