After a hard-fought battle in the Seven-Eight game, the Boston Celtics have triumphed to secure their spot in the playoffs as the seventh seed, set to face off against the Brooklyn Nets in one of the most eye-catching fixtures this season.
The Boston victory over Washington in the play-in came as a bit of an upset, as the Celtics managed to arrest a spiralling downslide in the last stages of the regular season over an in-form Wizards side. Harder questions will be asked of their roster, however, by the Nets and their “Big Three” of Kevin Durant, Kylie Irving, and James Harden. The three incredible players have only shared the court for eight games due to injuries, but stopping them from running riot will be a Herculean task for the Celtics to approach.
It doesn’t help that the Celtics themselves have lost one of their star players to injury – last year’s All-Star Jaylen Brown has been sidelined for the rest of the season with a wrist injury, leaving Jayson Tatum alone to do much of the heavy lifting.
The combination of bad luck, injuries, Covid-19, and awful form for the Celtics presents a gift-wrapped opportunity for the Nets to keep gathering momentum. The Nets are sitting pretty with the second seed and are heavy favourites for the title, injuries permitting. While the Celtics will undoubtedly present a non-trivial obstacle, their minds will be on the Bucks and potentially the Sixers in the next rounds, leaving Boston to try and disrupt their plans.
At the end of this crazy season, we will have an equally crazy postseason, and the Nets v Celtics game will only be the first of many exciting games to come. No matter what, both teams will be fighting for everything, leaving it all to be seen.