Boston now leads 3-0 in its series against Brooklyn after winning at the Nets on Saturday. For their part, Utah and Minnesota come back to 2-2 against Dallas and Memphis respectively after their victory at home.
Favorite for the title last fall, Brooklyn is now on the verge of elimination in the first round of the play-offs! The Nets are indeed led 3-0 by Boston, after their home defeat 103-109 in Game 3. The Celtics, carried by their trio Jayson Tatum (39) – Jaylen Brown (23pts) – Marcus Smart (14pts), led from the eighth to the last minute in this encounter and again put up a defense that made Steve Nash’s players suffer martyrdom. The Nets have indeed lost no less than 21 balls (6 interceptions for Tatum), which offered 37 points to the Celtics. Kevin Durant, considered the best forward in the world, could only take 11 shots in 46 minutes, for 16 points in total. Kyrie Irving (17 shots but 0 of 7 at 3pts) also finished with 16 points, while Bruce Brown increased his personal counter to 26. Even if they were dominated, the Nets managed to come back in the wake of Boston several times (-1 just before halftime, -3 at the end of the third quarter, -4 in the middle of the last quarter), but the C’s never panicked, and they now have nine toes in the second round. They could even conclude the series on Monday, still in Brooklyn, which would be a huge snub for the Nets. Ben Simmons could also make his debut in the black jersey during this Match 4.
Gobert saves Jazz
He had been mocked during Game 2 lost in Dallas for having missed two alley-oops, it was said that Donovan Mitchell was not giving him enough passes… And yet it was thanks to an alley-oop from Rudy Gobert on a pass from Donovan Mitchell eleven seconds from the end as Utah beat Dallas 100-99 to go 2-2 in the series. The two Jazz stars broke through the Mavericks defense, which then led 98-99, and Spencer Dinwiddie then missed the game-winning 3-point shot at the buzzer. This put an end to an extremely close meeting, where there were twelve changes of leader. If the Jazz had started the best, Utah then took control from the start of the second quarter to the middle of the third, counting up to sixteen points ahead. But the Mavs, with a returning and excellent Luka Doncic (30pts, 10rbds, 4pds), came back and the last quarter of an hour was exciting, Dallas never taking a lead of more than five points and Utah two. But in the end, it was the Salt Lake City players, who had been whistled by their fans in the previous game, who fought to win, thanks in particular to a Donovan Mitchell with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. and a 25-point Jordan Clarkson. The series will now start again in Texas, with a Match 5 that promises a lot on Monday. Since the start of the series, neither team has won two games in a row.
Minnesota stands up to Memphis
Ditto in the series between Memphis and Minnesota! After leaving Tennessee with a score of 1-1, the two teams leave Minnesota with a score of 2-2. The Timberwolves equalized against the Grizzlies by winning 119-118 in front of their home crowd on Saturday night. Carried by a Karl-Anthony Towns in very good shape (33pts, career record in the play-offs, 14rbds), which has not always been the case in this series, Minnesota led most of the time in this meeting , with a lead that climbed to +15 midway through the second quarter. Memphis, with a 34-point Desmond Bane and a more passer-than-scorer Ja Morant (11pts, 15pds), came back to three points in the third quarter and one point in the last. But 105-104 with 5’46 remaining, Wolves stepped on the gas, going 9-2 in three minutes. Six seconds from the buzzer, Dillon Brooks brought the Grizzlies back to 117-115 on a long distance shot, but “KAT” followed up with two free throws (119-115), and Bane scored from three points (119-118 ), but it was at the buzzer and Memphis no longer had time to hope to win. There will therefore be at least two more games in this series, Tuesday and Friday!
BASKETBALL – NBA / PLAY-OFFS 2022
BOSTON CELTICS (2) – BROOKLYN NETS (7): 3-0
Match 1 – Boston Celtics – Brooklyn Nets: 115-114
Match 2 – Boston Celtics – Brooklyn Nets: 114-107
Match 3 – Brooklyn Nets- Boston Celtics : 103-109
Game 4 on Monday, April 25 in Brooklyn
Game 5 (if needed) on Wednesday, April 27 in Boston
Game 6 (if needed) on Friday, April 29 in Brooklyn
Game 7 (if needed) on Sunday, May 1 in Boston
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2) – MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (7): 2-2
Match 1 – Memphis Grizzlies- Minnesota Timberwolves : 117-130
Match 2 – Memphis Grizzlies – Minnesota Timberwolves: 124-96
Match 3 – Minnesota Timberwolves- Memphis Grizzlies : 95-104
Match 4 – Minnesota Timberwolves –Memphis Grizzlies: 119-118
>>> Killian Tillie and Yves Pons (MEM) did not play
Game 5 on Tuesday, April 26 in Memphis
Game 6 on Friday, April 29 at Minnesota
Game 7 (if needed) on Sunday, May 1 at Memphis
DALLAS MAVERICKS (4) – UTAH JAZZ (5): 2-2
Match 1 – Dallas Mavericks- utah jazz : 93-99
Match 2 – Dallas Mavericks – Utah Jazz: 110-104
Match 3 – Utah Jazz- Dallas Mavericks : 118-126
Match 4 – utah jazz – Dallas Mavericks: 100-99
>>> Rudy Gobert’s stats (UTA): 32 minutes of play, 17 points (4/8 on shots including 0 3-point shots, 9/18 on free throws), 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 drop balls, 4 faults
Game 5 on Monday, April 25 in Dallas
Game 6 on Thursday, April 28 at Utah
Game 7 (if needed) Saturday, April 30 at Dallas