Boston Celtics

May 22, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives to the basket on Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the fourth quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Long before Kyrie Irving spoke, I’m willing to bet we all had the same feeling: Can we just end this thing? Like … now? Can the Celtics just concede the final two games of this series and spare themselves the indignity of facing a Brooklyn Nets team with whom they currently have no right to share a space?

In case you somehow missed it, the Celtics were liquefied by the Nets last night, 130-102, in Game 2 of the team’s Eastern Conference “playoff” series. The game was never close. The Nets scored 40 points in the first quarter and led by as many as 33, and Celtics forward Jayson Tatum left the game after being poked in the eye and did not return.

Talk about symbolism.

Oh, did we mention Tatum was a team-worst minus-28?


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