June 28, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • The Nets eradicated the Cavs within the play-in match
  • Nets head coach Steve Nash reveals his plan for Ben Simmons within the playoffs
  • Nash talks concerning the upcoming sequence in opposition to the Boston Celtics

The Brooklyn Nets get previous Cleveland Cavaliers within the play-in match and can now head to a first-round playoff sequence in opposition to the Boston Celtics.

After scoring a whopping 40 factors within the opening quarter, the Nets by no means seemed again and went on to dominate the sport, beating the Cavs 115-108 on Tuesday, April 12.

Nonetheless, the supply of All-Star newcomer Ben Simmons continues to be one of many greatest questions thus far.

Nets head coach Steve Nash reportedly stated that Simmons “hasn’t started sprinting” but.

Regardless of the 25-year-old’s Brooklyn debut nonetheless up within the air, Nash can already image how he might make the most of the All-Star level guard.

“The underside line is we’d be including a considerable expertise to our crew so we actually welcome him,” Nash advised Mass Dwell of Simmons. “He suits and he helps in plenty of methods.”

“We’re in want of assist so we’d welcome that problem of attempting to include him in a playoff state of affairs the place he has no historical past with our crew, no minutes on the ground along with his teammates, and see how we are able to forge that understanding as shortly as potential,” he continued.

Of their first play-in sport collectively, Nets dynamic duo Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving didn’t fail to ship.

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Durant completed with 25 factors and 11 assists, nevertheless it was Irving who led all Brooklyn scorers with 34 factors and 12 assists.

“That’s as marketed,” Nash stated of Durant and Irving’s efficiency in opposition to the Cavs. “They’re superstars. It’s what prime gamers do.”

Kevin Durant (L) and Kyrie Irving (R) of the Brooklyn Nets converse throughout a sport in opposition to the Toronto Raptors at Amalie Area on April 27, 2021. Picture: Getty Pictures/Julio Aguilar

The Nets will now face the second-seeded Boston Celtics in Spherical 1 of the Japanese Convention quarterfinals.

Forward of the sequence, Nash admitted that he expects a “tough” stretch given the C’s are extra accustomed to taking part in with one another in comparison with their newly-formed group.

Nonetheless, he’s additionally hoping that Boston’s benefits might carry out the most effective in them.

“I believe it’s tough,” the 48-year-old said within the post-game press convention. “We have now a unique crew now, however [I’m] actually impressed with the Celtics. They’ve been in a position to construct on that continuity.”

“That group’s been collectively for fairly some time and so they’ve made some tweaks and changes that I believe have actually improved their crew on each ends of the ground, so it’ll be an awesome problem for us,” he added. “For a brand new group to go and play a crew like that, it’s going to be one thing that hopefully brings out the most effective in us.”

The Sport 1 of Celtics vs. Nets will tip off on Sunday, April 17 on the TD Backyard in Boston.

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