Not even a Game in Brooklyn could save the Nets.
Instead, the Celtics took control of Game 3, and the series, courtesy of a 109-103 win on Saturday. They know own a 3-0 series lead, which always proves to be insurmountable in the NBA playoffs.
Irving said a lot has to do with the fact the Celtics have had their team mostly together since the start of the season. The Nets, on the other hand, have had some big injuries (including one to Durant), and Irving playing in only a handful of home games during the regular season.
“I don’t wanna be cliche, but I don’t know how you make up time from October to now,” Irving said.
Just before that, he said the Nets are “in a new experience as a group, and we just have to respect that.” Meanwhile, he added, the Celtics have been “gelling since Christmas.”
Irving makes a valid point. But a lot of people still favored the Nets in this series. For whatever reason, that seems impossible now.