Boston Celtics

Jun 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum (0) passes the ball against Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) and power forward Blake Griffin (2) during the first quarter of game five of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center.

The Celtics polarizing 2020-2021 season came to an end Tuesday night, with a 123-109 loss in Game 5 to the Brooklyn Nets. This marks the first time the Celtics have been eliminated in the first round since the 2015-2016 season.

It was an uphill battle for the Celtics from the beginning – the team was without both Kemba Walker and Robert Williams for the second straight game. Despite keeping things close through three quarters, the Nets superstars ended up being the difference late.

For most of the first quarter, the Celtics held a slight lead. Unlike previous games, where Jayson Tatum was the focal point, Boston used a balance scoring attack to keep the Nets off guard.

With about four minutes to go in the first, Brooklyn’s offense started to click. They ended the quarter on an 11-5 run, and led 31-24 after one.

Early in the second quarter, the Nets were able to extend their lead while Tatum was on the bench, having his knee looked at by the Celtics training staff. Tatum would return to the game and prevent the Nets from pulling away, but Brooklyn still took a 59-51 lead into the half.

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