Nets demand Boston - also Timberwolves in the Play
Brooklyn Nets demand the Celtics around Daniel Theis in the first round. The favorite team around Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the so-called Play-in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday evening 115: 108. After the meanwhile 22 points lead in the third quarter, the encounter has been exciting in the last few minutes as the Cavaliers shortened on only five meters, but the Nets sat down in the Barclays Center in front of their own fans.
Irving caught a strong evening, hit his first twelve throws from the game and finished the game with 34 points, three rebounds and twelve templates. "There were ups and downs, we stayed together and have shown resistance," said Irving over the season of the Nets, which were started as title favorite. Because of his lack of corona vaccination, Irving was not allowed to play for large parts of the season, Durant was also injured. James Harden, with which both should form a superstar trio, went surprisingly to the Philadelphia 76ers at the end of the change window. "It feels good, but we know that the job is not done yet," Irving said.
The Cavaliers have another chance of participating in the playoffs. The team must win on Friday (local time) against the winner of the duel of the Atlanta Hawks with the Charlotte Hornets. In the first playoff round, the Miami Heat will wait.
"Tragic morning": shots in the subway before the game
Players and coaches of the Nets had previously been dismissed over an incident with shots and several injured in a New York subway. "It's obviously a very tragic morning. We are destroyed on the ground for the community and the directly involved," said Nets coach Steve Nash according to the "New York Post" on Tuesday. The club has been prepared at the time only a few blocks in his training hall on the game against the Cavaliers.
According to local police, a man opened the fire in the morning Rush Hour in a train towards Manhattan. "I do not know many details, but if you hear the sirens before the training area and sees how much turmoil rules outside, then hopes and pray the best for everyone involved," said Nets player Kevin Durant, according to the "New York Post".
Timberwolves beat clippers and meet Memphis
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have won their qualification duel with the Los Angeles Clippers and are also in the first round of play-offs. In an exciting game, the hosts on Tuesday evening (local time) were less than five minutes before the end in the lead and defended these to the final siren at the level of 109: 104. The Timberwolves meet in the play-offs now on the Memphis Grizzlies. The clippers have another chance. They play on Friday against the winner of the game New Orleans Pelicans against the San Antonio Spurs around the last open playoff ticket of the Western Conference.
The Timberwolves also crafted a weak evening of Karl-Anthony Towns in front of their own fans, who hit only three of his eleven lures and could not continue playing early with too many fouls. Antony Edwards with 30 points and d'Angelo Russell with 29 counters wore their team. "That's a special group," Russell said. "Our group is very resistant. That's something special."