In the end, the Celtics know their enemy. 7 seed and the Celtics’ first-round opponent for the 2022 NBA playoffs as the Brooklyn Nets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-108 on Tuesday night.
The Celtics took a 3–1 lead in the season series against the Nets in the 2021–22 regular season. In their most recent match, on 6 March, C won 126–120. The other three games were each decided by double points.
Brooklyn won the first game of the season series 123–104 in the final. But once the calendar flipped to 2022, the Celtics changed for the better, and this is reflected in their improved performances in matchups. In two February games, he outscored the Nets with a combined total of 255–197.
A major difference in the series is the continued absence of Celtics’ early center Robert Williams III. In three games against the Nets in the regular season, Williams averaged 11.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots with a 103 defensive rating. The 24-year-old led the NBA in defensive ratings throughout the season at 102.4.
Williams has been out since March 28 as he recovered from a torn meniscus, which he quickly underwent surgery to repair. The Celtics have expressed optimism that, if they advance to the second round, Williams will have a chance to make a comeback at that point.
Game 1 between the Celtics and the Nets is scheduled to begin on Sunday, April 17. As first reported by Brian Robb of MassLive, the game premieres at 3:30PM ET. It will air on ABC and on radio here at 98.5 The Sports Hub.
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