Nets eager to put Celtics, ugly Kyrie Irving saga behind them

A Celtics fan who threw a water bottle at Kyrie Irving will be arraigned Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court. Hours later, the Nets shall be on the courtroom, making an attempt to finish the Celtics’ season.

Brooklyn is wanting to transfer on, each from the incident and within the playoffs.

The Nets can shut out their heated first-round sequence with a Game 5 victory at Barclays Center — they usually don’t have any intention of going again up to Boston for what would absolutely be a nasty Game 6.

“We know how these people are in Boston. And we know how passionate they are about Kyrie in particular, and they’re still upset at him. That’s no reason for them to act childish,” Kevin Durant mentioned after Sunday evening’s blowout win. “But we don’t need to speak on that. We know what it is already coming in here. Glad we got the ‘W,’ hopefully we don’t have to come back this year.”

It’s simple to see why the Nets — who have a 3-1 series lead — wouldn’t need to have to head again up to Beantown, for a large number of causes.

With Milwaukee having already swept Miami in essentially the most dominant defensive sequence of the final 5 years, they’re simply ready and resting and making ready for the Nets-Celtics winner. The Nets dropped consecutive video games to the Bucks on May 2 and 4 and don’t need to go right into a second-round showdown worn out from a slugfest in opposition to Boston.

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Kyrie Irving and the Nets would have to return to Boston in the event that they lose Game 5.
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And relaxation assured, a Game 6 Thursday in Boston could be simply that.

The Nets didn’t have to face Kemba Walker (knee) or Robert Williams (ankle) on Sunday. Both have been upgraded to uncertain for Tuesday, and may very well be healed if this sequence is prolonged.

“The job isn’t finished,” Irving warned. “So it’s just momentary.”

Rather than time therapeutic outdated wounds, Celtics followers’ hatred of Irving appears to be rising exponentially, like a nuclear meltdown.

Apparently “F–k Kyrie” is changing into a Boston model of “Potvin sucks.” Fans chanted it throughout Brooklyn’s March 2020 go to regardless of Irving not even being current. They even chanted it at Saturday’s Red Sox recreation.

And after all the bile constructed up over the weekend, culminating with a water bottle getting thrown at Irving, reportedly grazing his head.

Now, as Cole Buckley — the 21-year-old charged with assault and battery by the use of a harmful weapon, in accordance to Boston police — is ready to be arraigned, the Nets are wanting to put each the incident and the Celtics within the rearview mirror.

“I just want to move on from this, man,” Irving mentioned. “I’ve dealt with it as a player as a Celtic of different things, and now being an opponent again. I just want to move on.”

The Big 3 of Irving, Durant and James Harden led the highest-scoring playoff efficiency in Nets historical past. Their charge of 143.9 points-per-100 possessions was the sixth-most environment friendly postseason recreation by any staff within the final 25 years.

“I liked it a lot better,” Steve Nash mentioned. “We ran more actions. We were still terrific in isolation, but we ran more action, got more people involved, had a lot more assists, a lot more balance and clearly we had a great shooting night.”

After being slowed down by the Celtics’ switching protection and held to a season-low 16 assists within the Game 3 loss, their 29 dimes Sunday — 18 by Harden — have been a return to regular, ball motion they’ll look to construct on.

“[Harden] was terrific, vision is outstanding and his ability to find guys out of the pick-and-roll when they doubled the screen,” Nash mentioned. “It was fun to watch, and when he’s able to pick the gym apart like that it’s pretty special.”

After Durant mixed with Harden for 80 factors Friday, he teamed with Irving for 81 Sunday. It made the Nets simply the second staff ever with a number of 35-point scorers in consecutive video games. The different? Elgin Baylor and Jerry West for the 1962 Lakers. That squad reached the Finals, earlier than shedding a nail-biter Game 7.

In Boston.

Someplace the Nets don’t plan on seeing till subsequent season.

“Huge game for us,” Harden mentioned. “Game 5, we’ve got to be ready to go.”

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