If Kevin Durant has trouble going, it will take much longer than Ben Simmons to save the Brooklyn Nets from leaving the playoffs soon.
Durant scored just 16 points on Saturday when the Boston Celtics defeated the Nets 109: 103 and took the lead in the 3-0 series.
No team has ever advanced from 3-0 to win the NBA playoff series, which means that the Simmons and Nets will have to go down in history to advance to the second round.
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What should we expect from Ben Simmons? Elsa / Getty Images / AFPS Source: AFP
Boston had already made it to the league’s best defense playoffs and was relentless in his pressure on Durant, who tried to find his rhythm throughout the series.
“Boston has individual staff who must guard.” [Kevin Durant] and secondly, they fulfilled the game plan, “said JJ Redick before the match, with Durant shooting only 25 percent when he was guarded by Jayson Tatum.
Already in the first two games of the series, Durant shot from the field 16:41 and his problems continued on Saturday.
Durant was more effective, but in the opening half he managed to shoot only five shots, managed only seven points and finished the match at 16 (shooting 6 to 11 from the field).
Brooklyn lost only 53:50 at half-time, with Bruce Brown re-emerging as some other Nets stars struggled with 16 points and two gains.
Payton Pritchard was also handy from the bench, finishing the half with 10 points and shooting from the field 4: 5.
At halftime, the dynamic duo of Boston Tatum and Jaylen Brown were held at 20 points.
But they both took up late to make it impossible for the Nets to return.
Kevin Durant was well managed by Boston. Maddie Meyer / Getty Images / AFPSSource: AFP
In games 1 and 2, Brown had 12 and 10 points in the fourth quarter, and in the final part of the game, he again scored nine points.
Tatum, meanwhile, added 14 points in the fourth and finished with 39 next to six thefts.
Australian Patty Mills drew some 3 points late to help ignite the Nets fight, finishing the game with 12 points, but that wasn’t enough.
Simmons left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 0 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead.
Brooklyn beat writer Kristian Winfield wrote in a column for the NY Daily News on Saturday that it would be “careless, irresponsible and downright destructive” if Simmons were thrown into Game 4, which you have to win.
Simmons is expected to return in Game 4, although Nets coach Steve Nash said on Sunday that there was no specific schedule for the Australian.
“I think it’s really about whether Ben is ready to play,” Nash said.
If Simmons debuts the Nets on Tuesday [AEST] in Game 4 this will be his first NBA game in 309 days.
EMBIID ANSWERS REFS HOW SIAKAM COMES BIG FOR RAPTORS
Pascal Siakam recorded a career high of 34 points in the playoffs, and the Toronto Raptors avoided being eliminated from the NBA playoffs on Saturday by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 110-102.
The 28-year-old Cameroonian forward played 10 of 19 from the floor and 13 of 15 from the free throw line and added eight rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and a profit for the Toronto host.
The 76ers still lead the Raptors 3-1 in a series of the top seven in the first round, which continues on Tuesday [AEST] in Philadelphia. The winner of the series will face either Miami or Atlanta in the second round.
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No team has ever recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series. Philadelphia Star Center Joel Embiid, Cameroon’s NBA scoring leader, suffered a right thumb injury, despite scoring 21 points and eight rebounds.
Embiid clashed with the referees on many occasions before applauding them sarcastically after the final buzzer.
This sarcasm was reflected in the post-match press conference.
“Like me at the end of the match, they did a great job. I admire the work they have done today, “said Embiid.
“It felt like they came here tonight with one job and managed it.” So congratulations to them. “
This happened after Embiid complained to Toronto coach Nick Nurs, who “made calls” after the match.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers said Embiid’s thumb injury was just something he would have to deal with.
“It won’t go away, so it’ll get better and better at figuring out how to use it,” Rivers said.
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The Raptors also hit an injury, NBA rookie Scottie Barnes improved his sprained left ankle and Fred VanVleet left in the second quarter with a left hip injury.
“He’ll need some work,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of VanVleet.
“He was fine, he left and played a few serious minutes.” I’m sure he was frustrated. ”
Siakam scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, delaying the Sixers’ counterattack attempt in the final minutes and Gary Trent Jr. added 24 points for Raptors.
James Harden led Philadelphia with 22 points, while Tobias Harris added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Later Sunday play-off matches [AEST] You will find Dallas in Utah, Boston in Brooklyn and Memphis in Minnesota.
The Sixers have not swept the best of seven series since beating Milwaukee in the second round of the 1985 NBA playoffs.
Embiid, who averaged 27.7 points and 13.0 rebounds per game in the first three games, came in despite a sore thumb that Sixers coach Doc Rivers said could not be worse.
VanVleet left with the Raptors in a 20-6 run, which brought Toronto a 50-38 lead. Philadelphia returned to 54-49 at half-time and retreated to 54-54 at the beginning of the third quarter, but failed to catch the lead, lagged behind 80-77 and entered the fourth before Siakam took the fourth.
GOBERT WILL BROUGHT LUK’S RETURN BY SLAM DUNK WINNER
Rudy Gobert’s slam with the remaining 11 seconds secured Utah Jazz a 100-99 victory over Dallas on Saturday after Luke Doncice returned after an injury to the Mavericks, while the Toronto Raptors avoided being swept away by Philadelphia.
Slovenian star defender Doncic, who has not played since April 10 due to straining his left calf, scored 30 points in 11 of 21 shoots and withdrew 10 rebounds, but his heroism in the late match was not enough.
Doncic sank the jumper to get Dallas forward, and added 3 pointers with the remaining 39 seconds to lead the visiting Mavericks 99-95.
However, Donovan Mitchell of Utah responded with a three-point game, and after Dwight Powell missed two free throws for Dallas, Gobert’s slam dunk brought decisive points.
Rudy Gobert arrived late. Alex Goodlett / Getty Images / AFPS Source: AFP
Dallas had the last possession of the ball, but Utah defenders swarmed with Doncic, who passed Spencer Dinwiddie to watch the last shot.
“We tried to get it out of Luke’s hands, we tried to get him to pass,” Gobert said of the final game. “We did a great job of holding him back and not letting him fire.” “We had a chance. We let it run,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “Spencer has already taken the shot.” We got what we wanted. We just didn’t like it. ” added 23 for Jazz.
The victory raised Utah’s level to 2: 2 in a series of top seven in the first round, which continues Monday in Dallas and Thursday in Utah.
“We have an opportunity and we want to make the most of it,” said Gobert, who finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. “We trust each other. We have to keep going.
“Intensity. We have to leave it there, communicate and get them to make money. We came to victory because we made them hard shots and we deserved it.” Kidd was pleased with Dončič’s contribution in his 34 minutes. “He did great,” Kidd said. “He has done an incredible job for us. He put us in a position to win the match on the road. ”