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Celtics magical run making Nets sweep look better by the minute

Jun 3, 2022 0 comments
When you're winless in the first round of the NBA playoffs, it's not often you'll have bouquets of flowers thrown in your direction. But when the team that swept you goes on to become Eastern Conference Champions and steals Game 1 of the NBA Finals on the road against this era's dynastic Warriors squad, it starts to raise some eyebrows.
The Nets fell victim to the closest sweep-point differential-wise, in NBA playoff history. Not a single Nets fan wants to hear it but the sweep was closer than meets the eye. Brooklyn had a tumultuous season with an NBA record 43 different starting lineups taking the court. 

A disgruntled James Harden forced his way out and the centerpiece of the trade with Philadelphia never made his highly anticipated Nets debut in the playoffs and underwent off-season back surgery.

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Kyrie Irving played in only 32 games and Kevin Durant missed 27 games with a sprained left MCL. 

 When you look at the avalanche of problems, some self-inflicted and some out of the team's control, it's not shocking the Nets lost to a Celtics team that was the hottest in the league the second half of the regular season. Building chemistry and continuity with Brooklyn's big three, while Sean Marks will need to replace LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin with younger more versatile pieces this off-season. 

 On paper, a first round exit to an Atlantic Division rival never looks good, but given all the turmoil in Brooklyn and magical run that Boston is on, the Nets are not an that far off from returning into the championship conversation.


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