Even though a team can contain Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, they still have to stop the NBA’s most accurate 3-point shooter.
That’s a lot of issues to be tackled, and Harris understands why teams aren’t making him a priority.
“I think it’s just sort of, it’s the reality of the problem,” Harris said. “I mean, we have three of the best offensive players who have really played. “
Harris tied a playoff record with seven 3-pointers, Durant scored 26 points and the Nets routed the Boston Celtics 130-108 on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series .
Harris had 25 career playoff points and Harden added 20 as the Nets unleashed their lethal offense after winning Game 1 largely on defense.
“Different games, it’s going to be different guys,” Harden said. “Tonight was Joe, the next game, the third game, it could be someone else. So we’re all locked in, we’re all on the same page and whatever it takes to win, we’re set to do it. “
Game 3 is Friday in Boston, where the Nets look to build on their first 2-0 lead in a series since sweeping the New York Knicks in the first round in 2004.
This one could be heading for the same result, with the Celtics unable to score much in Game 1 or prevent the Nets from making tons in Game 2.
“We have to be a lot better,” said coach Brad Stevens, listing a number of defensive issues the Celtics need to tackle.
“They exhibited this because they were really good, but I was disappointed with the way we played against the other night. “
Marcus Smart scored 19 points and Kemba Walker 17 for the Celtics. Top scorer Jayson Tatum had just nine points on the 3-for-12 shot before leaving after just 21 minutes when he was pushed into the right eye.
After the Nets scored just 16 points in the first quarter of Game 1, Harris made it alone in the opening quarter of it while going 4 for 4 behind the arc.
The Nets had started slow in Game 1 and the only game their Big Three played together at the end of the regular season, and on Monday, coach Steve Nash said he thought maybe it should be some time before his three stars can walk on the field and shoot. on all cylinders.
It wasn’t until a day later for Harris, who led the NBA with a 3-point percentage to 47.5% this season.
Harris had three straight three-pointers to extend a three-point lead to 25-13 and there was a little hiccup from the crowd as he then stole the ball and dribbled on a breakaway, as if he could pull it back behind the arch. Instead, he went all the way for the layup and a 14-point lead.
He was 40-26 after one period and Harden made 3 straight to open the second. That made it into a 20 point game and it was never close to it.
Walker said the Celtics need to watch the film to find opportunities they are missing.
“I know I missed a lot of passes myself that I could have personally done that I would really like to be better at,” he said. “So we have to be better. “
Irving had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Nets, who had 17 3 points.
Celtics: Boston has lost nine straight playoff games to the Nets and is 2-10 to them in the playoffs. … Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Nets: Deron Williams had seven 3-pointers in Game 4 of the Nets First Round Series against Atlanta on April 27, 2015.… F Jeff Green left in the second half with a bruised left foot. … New York Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu was at the game, as was skier Lindsey Vonn.
RETURN TO BOSTON
Game 3 will be the first time Irving has played in front of fans in Boston since leaving as a free agent in 2019 after two seasons. Asked what he expected, he noted that this was not his first time playing Boston as an opponent.
“So I just can’t wait to compete with my teammates and hope we can stay strictly basketball, there’s no belligerence and no racism, subtle racism and people screaming (stuff ) from the crowd, ”Irving said. “But even if it does, it’s part of the nature of the game and we’re just going to focus on what we can control. “
When asked if he had experienced this before, Irving replied, “I’m not the only one who can attest to this, but it is. “