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Nets fall at home to Celtics

BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets on November 23, 2016 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

November 23rd 2016

Celtics 111 Nets 92

The Nets went into last night’s contest losers of four straight. After a big loss against the Blazers on Sunday they looked to get a win to end this current streak. The Celtics, a usually solid defensive team, were looking to regain some of their prowess on the defensive end. They have great guard play with Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley and they have now had Al Horford (concussion protocol) back for three games.

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Al Horford Pregame. Finished with 17-points 8 assists and 5 rebounds

Both teams have had ups and downs to begin the season. After a tough loss to the Warriors the Celtics had some quality wins against the Pistons and Timberwolves. The Nets have been without Jeremy Lin since November 2nd and the offense has been somewhat stagnant since. Brook Lopez has continued to lead the team offensively.

 

The crowd at the Barclays Center was 50/50 as there were a lot of Boston fans in the building. This is no surprise as the Celtics usually encounter many of their fans on the road. The game began with a block by Al Horford and the Celtics were off to a quick 9-2 start with 8:53 left in the first. The Celtics got their hands in the passing lanes and disrupted the Nets offensively. The Nets turned the ball over seven times in the first which resulted in 6-points for the visiting team. By the end of the first the Nets were down 30-16 and it seemed that the Celtics were going to run away with the win early

 

Brook Lopez got off to a slow start for the home team. However Trevor Booker paced the Nets early with 7-points, shooting 3-4 in the first quarter. The Nets as a team shot poorly in the first, going 27.3% from the field and 25% from behind the arc.

“We gotta come out and out-compete teams.”… Brook Lopez

 

 

The Nets regained their composure in the second period and really started to put together some productive offensive possessions and more importantly they started to play consistent defense against the Celtics. The Nets forced the Celtics into taking deep perimeter shots and played better defensively as the only allowed 21-points and forced eight turnovers. At the half the Nets trailed 51-49.

The game got a little chippy to begin the third as Marcus Smart and Trevor Booker got together to discuss thanksgiving plans on the court.(Im joking of course). The fiery Smart and Booker had to be separated by officials and teammates and received technical fouls. This seemed to ignite the Nets as they went on a run to cut the lead to 8 with 8:05 left in the period.

“That’s the defense we want to have coming out of games..” .. Isaiah Thomas

 

Guard play was very important in this game for both teams. The Celtics’ Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas combined for 45-points in this game while the Nets starting guards tallied 18-points. Isaiah Whitehead had 4-points with 3 assists as he continues to learn the point guard position on the professional level. The third quarter was where the Celtics really pulled away. They went up by 12-points with just over 2:46 left in the period. The Nets continued to chip away at the lead but they could never get close after that point.

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Avery Bradley led the Celtics defense with 5 steals while adding 22-points. Photo Sherman Gomez

Sean Kilpatrick finished the game with 23-points on 8-17 shooting and Joe Harris added 12-points off the bench. Brook shot 4-14 from the floor and went 1-6 from behind the arc. Again Brook has the ability to expand his game from behind the arc however he plays best when he is aggressive in the paint. That’s where he can really help his team.

“15 Threes is just too much..”… Coach Atkinson

The Celtics hit 15 threes in this game and shot 39.5% from behind the arc. Thomas hit five while Al Horford and Jae Crowder hit three each. The Celtics also went to the line eight times which speaks to their proficiency from the perimeter last night.

 

The Nets will look to rebound from this loss when they face the Indiana Pacers this Friday while the Celtics will host the San Antonio Spurs.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thank You for reading

Feature Photo Credit: Nathaniel S. Butler Getty Images

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