Brooklyn Nets player ratings for Game 1 win over Boston

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There’s a lot to unpack following the Brooklyn Nets’ Game 1 victory over the Boston Celtics to kick off the 2021 playoff run.

We didn’t really see any players’ best performance – well, except for Robert Williams, who flirted with a points-rebounds-blocks triple-double while coming off the bench.

See the best photos from the Nets’ Game 1 win

Nevertheless, a win is a win for Steve Nash and his team. Let’s take a look at the player ratings from Game 1.

Kevin Durant: B+

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Kevin Durant had the game-high with 32 points on 10-for-25 shooting from the field. He also played 39 minutes, the most minutes he has played in quite some time. Despite grabbing 12 boards as well, Durant had four turnovers and he did not shoot the ball like he has been shooting it all season. In the regular season, he shot it at 54%. In Game 1, he only shot it at 40%. Of course in the playoffs the intensity is different, but the two-time NBA champion was getting his normal looks throughout the whole game. He just couldn't convert. The Nets forward admitted after the game that the team wanted to win game "so bad" that they had to relax in order to settle in. It shouldn't be a surprise that the crowd had this much of an impact on the players on Saturday.

Kyrie Irving: A

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Kyrie Irving put together a masterpiece at the Barclays Center. He scored 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting from the field and Irving also had a plus-minus of +16. What mostly kept Uncle Drew away from getting an A+ was the fact that he went 2-for-8 from downtown. That is not cutting it all in the playoffs. Especially if you just ended your regular season shooting 40% from three.

James Harden: B

James Harden did it all in Game 1. The Beard scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and also dished out eight assists. What was his most remarkable stat though was the four steals he picked up on the way to victory. Harden is capable of a better shooting night as well, similar to Kevin Durant. He went 5-for-13 from the field, good for 38%. Keep in mind, he shot 47% from the field during the regular season. His three turnovers didn't help his case either.

Blake Griffin: B-

Blake Griffin somehow managed to go the whole game without shooting a field goal. It was work off the ball and defensively that brought him to a B-. He dished out four assists, grabbed three rebounds, picked up two steals and had a plus-minus of +1 in 19 minutes of play. Although the team didn't need his scoring this game, that has to change for the future. The Nets will need it later.

Joe Harris: A-

Joe Harris executed the game plan perfectly. He was rewarded with the team best in plus-minus at +22. Harris went 2-for-6 from three and 4-for-11 from the field overall. This wasn't his best shooting game too but just being the lethal shooter that he is by spacing the floor for others and slashing when needed. There's a reason why Steve Nash made the sharpshooter log 37 minutes. When he was out there, good things happened.

Nic Claxton: B+

Not too bad for a playoff debut from the 22-year-old Nic Claxton. Claxton went for six points, five rebounds and one assist on 3-for-6 shooting. There were instances offensively where the young big man was trying to force the issue on Robert Williams when it wasn't needed. It led to missed field goals for Claxton and also wasted possessions.

Bruce Brown: B

Not the best effort for Bruce Brown in Game 1. He logged 18 minutes to score two points and grab five rebounds. It's the 1-for-4 shooting that doesn't cut it at all. Brown found looks in the interior that he has been converting all season, but he couldn't get anything to drop. Regardless though, his defensive prowess and constant movement offensively gave him a plus-minus of +6.

Jeff Green: A

For this specific game, Jeff Green stepped up big time. He was an important body to throw at Jayson Tatum to get him off of his game. Green also hit a timely three ball in the fourth quarter to help secure control over the game for the Nets. The Brooklyn forward did almost everything else too throughout the game. He grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists in 26 minutes. Jeff Green also ended the game with a plus-minus of +14, making him one of the most valuable pieces in Game 1 of this series.

Landry Shamet: C-

Landry Shamet wasn't himself in Game 1. He logged 13 minutes, got one open look and missed it and the lineups he entered the game with couldn't really get stops defensively. Shamet really struggled, but you can tell Brad Stevens had the sharpshooter as a priority in his game plan because Shamet was only able to find one open look. Great job by Stevens.

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