May 30th, 2021. That’s the date you can pencil in when the Brooklyn Nets finally stepped on the gas and showed how ridiculous their offensive firepower is to the Boston Celtics and the world, scoring 141 points on 98 possessions in Game 4 of their first-round series. The Nets took over in the second quarter and never looked back in the game, finishing with a comfortable 141-126 victory and a 3-1 lead in the series.
Let’s take a moment, and allow me to showcase how absurd their scoring capability was for the game. The Nets rate during the game was 143.9 per 100 possessions, which ends up as the sixth most efficient game, for any team in a Playoff game, in the 25 years for which the NBA has play-by-play data. The Nets shot 58% from the field, 59% from 3-point range (16-for-27), and 97% from the free-throw line (29-for-30).
Kevin Durant scored 42 points off 20 shots, James Harden had 23 on 12 shots, and Kyrie Irving finished with 39 on 24 shots. Their big three (mentioned previously) had almost twice as many points (104) as field-goal attempts (56), which was baffling to witness, and a ridiculous offensive performance.
But, on the other side of this series, already awaits a much better opponent being the Milwaukee Bucks, who swept the Miami Heat on Saturday. No team can stop KD, Kyrie, and Harden with their firepower, but the Nets defense is troubling to say the least. The Celtics scored 126 points on 97 possessions which made for the second most efficient Playoff game for a losing team in the last 25 years. And the Bucks just held the Heat to 95.4 points per 100 possessions, the lowest mark for any team in a Playoff series in the last five years.
The Nets and Bucks are like an irresistible force paradox when an unstoppable object (Nets offense) meets an unmovable object (Bucks defense). A clash everyone is very interested to see.
Catch you Thursday.