Jayson Tatum calls game hitting a buzzer beating layup over Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets! It was an electric atmosphere at the TD Garden on Easter Sunday as the Celtics steal the game, winning 115-114. Our co-host Liam was lucky enough to be in attendance for the legendary series opener as he recounts the experience.
Boston started out hot taking a double-digit lead through the game. In large part to Al Horford putting up a strong 20 and 15 rebounds. The lead was quickly diminished when fans chants got to Kyrie who attempted to silence the crowd with a 39 point performance of his own. A couple threes from the rival guard gave the Nets a lead going into the fourth. Kevin Durant struggled throughout the game with 5 turnovers while taking more shots than points scored. His final miss led to the fast break game winner at the buzzer.
Celtics defense per usualw as top notch all game. Strong efforts on that end of the floor by Smart, Horford, and Tatum led to tough looks for Durant and the Nets when it mattered most. The only Nets player unaffected by stifling defense was Irving, who showed his displeasure with Celtics fans giving them the middle finger on two separate occasions coupled with a declamatory statement as he entered the Nets locker. These lewd gestures resulted in a $50,000 fine for Kyrie.
Celtics Nation hosts the New York based team again for Game 2 Wednesday at 7 PM. Such a nail-biting first game leads The Rafters hosts to re-examine their thoughts on the series going forward. Are they still so confident Boston can claim this game in under 7 games? Or at all?