Nets vs. Celtics: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Brooklyn Nets (0-0) play against the Boston Celtics (0-0) at TD Garden

Game Time: 3:30 PM EDT on Sunday April 17, 2022

Brooklyn Nets 25, Boston Celtics 25 (Q1 00:53)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Defense ➡️ Offense pic.twitter.com/Dql5XI13JO4:08 PM

Gary Tanguay @Gary_Tanguay
Celts have outplayed the Nets and are down 2. – 4:08 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kessler Edwards just forced that turnover on Tatum – 4:08 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
With his first four points of the afternoon, Nets say Kevin Durant (4,458 points) has moved past Jerry West (4,457 points) into eighth place on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list.
Next up: Karl Malone (4,761 points). – 4:07 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
I like stealing some mins with Pritchard while Kyrie is out of the game – 4:07 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Theis getting in foul trouble threw it off a bit, but Udoka has stuck with the regular season rotation so far.
Tatum and a big out early. Then Tatum will come back in for Brown. Theis would usually come back in for Horford around this point.
Smart usually goes whole of Q1. – 4:06 PM

Thon Maker @ThonMaker14
If this is the score and Nets not playing well besides Curry, that means Boston is in trouble.
#Playoffs #NetsWorld #Netsin64:05 PM

Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
The Nets are tied with the Celtics despite 7 turnovers and 7 fouls but also Jayson Tatum is 0-for-1 from the field so life is all about perspective – 4:05 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics have seven more shot attempts than the #Nets and they’ve missed those seven. – 4:04 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics should be up, and probably by a lot, considering how the Nets are turning it over. But Boston is shooting like crap.
7-for-19 to open this one. – 4:03 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Al-ley oop 💥 pic.twitter.com/adVpOUP0HJ4:03 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Nets have not played a particularly good opening 9 minutes, but we have a tie game in Boston, 21-21. The Nets have turned the ball over 7 times so far, Kevin Durant is 1-of-4 and Kyrie Irving is 0-2 with 4 points at the foul line.
Yet we’re tied. – 4:03 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Stepback S3TH pic.twitter.com/dfJUEv3U904:02 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Brooklyn has played a pretty bad quarter of basketball so far, but the Celtics are shooting 7-19 from the field and the game is tied. The game will settle down for Brooklyn. Missed opportunity here for Boston – 4:02 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Horford has truly carried the Celtics this quarter. And this is as fired up as I’ve seen him in a long time. – 4:02 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Can look at this start any way you want. The Celtics could be up 10 based on how many turnovers they’ve forced already. Instead it’s a tie game with 2:45 left in the first. – 4:02 PM

Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
Curry carrying KD again – 4:01 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Celtics have had great success digging in on Durant, who has three turnovers, all via strips. – 4:01 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Nets not named Kyrie or Kevin are 5-of-5 from the field so far. – 4:01 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant (3) and Kyrie Irving (2) have 5 of the Nets’ 7 turnovers in the first quarter. Bruce Brown has the other 2. – 4:00 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Al Horford loose ball foul knocks Kyrie over in the lane and the sound you hear is the sculptors starting work on the statue of Horford. – 4:00 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Don’t think Udoka wants Grant pulling up for transition threes. #Celtics #Nets4:00 PM

David Thorpe @coachthorpe
Amazing teams still don’t fake KD inside. His timing is too good otherwise. – 3:59 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets have gone through long sloppy turnover-prone stretches. Tonight is one. Seven in the first 6:57. Brooklyn trails the #Celtics 21-17 after that Seth Curry 3. – 3:59 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Game-high 8 points for Al Horford. Could play Drummond off the floor if he keeps shooting like this. – 3:59 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nic Claxton and Patty Mills are the first Nets off the bench in Game 1. – 3:59 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Celtics are making Kevin Durant look jittery with the ball. That’s how good that defense is. – 3:58 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
This isn’t even close to the way Kevin Durant has been officiated this season. He must be really surprised. – 3:58 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Durant is barking at officials, feels like he’s been fouled about four times already. #Celtics #Nets3:58 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
I don’t want to step into @Dan Greenberg‘s lane here, but if Brooklyn is going to gift you 7 minutes of penalty free throws, you have to make those free throws – 3:58 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Grant on both ends 😤 pic.twitter.com/FYtuMDH4nE3:57 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
It gets Grant two free throws, but we don’t need the foul called on KD out there. Didn’t impact the play in the slightest. Let them play a little please. – 3:57 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
In the first 6 minutes the Nets now have 7 fouls and 5 turnovers. Celtics should be up by more than 4. – 3:57 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Boston playing like a team that knows they need to win this series with smothering point of attack defense, especially without Robert Williams. Nets gotta lift the floor and cut backdoor, but hard to do when you have to play non-shooters. – 3:57 PM

Chris Miller @cmillsnbcs
Remember when Al Horford played for OKC, or didn’t. – 3:56 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Thunder legend Al Horford – 3:56 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Boston’s defensive adjustments so far:
– Everyone in the area of KD and Kyrie is sinking off their man to help contest their pull ups
– High pressure on the ball handler in transition to draw the screens above the arc
– JT going for steals aggressively
– Switching up on Kyrie – 3:55 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Stick with it 🪣 pic.twitter.com/kup1Fu9TAl3:55 PM

Abby Chin @tvabby
Al Horford is bouncy today!! – 3:55 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jayson Tatum on-ball defense. Impressive. #Celtics #Nets3:55 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
A lot of fouls early in Boston — both of these teams are playing tight. Brown and Curry each have two already. Celtics doing a solid job on KD to start. He’s seeing bodies everywhere he goes. Nets have four turnovers and haven’t found any rhythm yet. – 3:52 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
10 fouls (6 on Brooklyn) and 6 turnovers in the first 5 1/2 minutes.
You can talk all week about having your emotions under control…then the bell rings.
11-10, Boston – 3:52 PM

Thon Maker @ThonMaker14
Boston In the bonus with 8:45 to go is wild!!! – 3:52 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Smart is trying to isolate on Kyrie. – 3:52 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Great opening minutes to what’s expected to be a great series. Celtics and Nets are going back and forth. It feels like the Celtics have momentum, but it’s only an 11-10 game at the 6:25 mark. Nets have been a little sloppy with the ball, but that’s expected against Boston. – 3:51 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Beautiful 👌🏾 pic.twitter.com/OsZkN9z3FF3:51 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Now it’s just time to go out there and compete. pic.twitter.com/qFcY945fj23:51 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Nets in the bonus with 7:15 to play in Q1. Might be a lot of free throws coming in this one. – 3:50 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Celtics now fouling a bunch too. Theis sitting with 2. C’s now on their 4th team foul as well. This could turn into a free throw shooting contest in a hurry – 3:50 PM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
whispers …
not sure two quick fouls on Theis is such a bad thing for Boston. – 3:50 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
This has been an issue for the Celtics. In the bonus and nothing but jumpers. They need to get downhill and to the rim. – 3:49 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Both teams in the bonus for the final 7:15 of 1Q. #Celtics #Nets3:49 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Two early fouls on Daniel Theis. Grant Williams in for Boston. – 3:48 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
And Theis picks up his second foul 4:08 into the game. Seven fouls called total already. #Celtics #Nets3:48 PM

David Thorpe @coachthorpe
When Tyrese Maxey was learning to read in pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade, Al Horford was winning 3 SEC and 2 NCAA titles. Incredible they are in the same tournament now. – 3:48 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets have four turnovers in the first 3:45. – 3:47 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Drive & dish pic.twitter.com/xCfV8AJHpm3:47 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Theis physicality is showing through early. #Nets #Celtics3:47 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Fourth team foul on Brooklyn, 2nd on Curry. Boston will shoot free throws on every foul moving forward with 8:45 left in the 1st quarter. Brown has 2 now too… key role players could be sitting soon for Brooklyn – 3:47 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Five fouls on the Nets in the first 3:15.
Curry and Brown two apiece. – 3:46 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Two quick fouls on Bruce Brown. – 3:46 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics are in the bonus with over 9 minutes to play in Q1. – 3:46 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Marcus with the DIME pic.twitter.com/8FyjDtLkI73:46 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics already have Nets in the penalty with nine minutes left. – 3:46 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
I’ve said it on every appearance I’ve made leading up to this game. Seth Curry is the 3rd most important player for the Nets this series. And now he’s got 2 fouls at the 9:01 mark of the first quarter. – 3:46 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Two early buckets from Seth Curry, who could get his share of good looks in this series. #Nets #Celtics3:45 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Boston clearly wants to push the ball. Smart is flying up the court off these inbounds. – 3:45 PM

NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
A new Nike KD 15 colorway for the postseason! #NBAKicks pic.twitter.com/sURMjzPFWG3:45 PM

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Great pass from Marcus Smart here: pic.twitter.com/tpFWmPY8AE3:45 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Jayson Tatum got on that Giannis diet. Dude is deezed. – 3:44 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
NBA teams want layups, free throws, and 3-pointers… Boston has 1 of each so far getting good looks in the early minutes – 3:44 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Andre Drummond has had some big games against the C’s in his career. Small subplot in a series full of some great storylines – 3:44 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Huge to see Seth Curry put his foot in the ground to get separation for a pullup, and then a drive. He looked very limited on Tuesday. – 3:44 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Al Horford already flexing for the Garden crowd to get them fired up. – 3:44 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford running a little pick and roll there? One way to pick on Andre Drummond, I guess. – 3:43 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
True to his word, Ime Udoka is sticking with what the Celtics do well early — switching everything. – 3:43 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
I’m one of like 10 people left on earth annoyed that the Celtics are wearing black jerseys as the home team with the Nets wearing white, why must this happen – 3:42 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Other than catching the opening tip Kyrie doesn’t touch the ball on first Nets possession – partly due to Marcus Smart defense and thankfully for my hearing since they are loud when he touches it. – 3:42 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Game on. #NetsLevel pic.twitter.com/JBJw3yAQnQ3:41 PM

Tom Lorenzo @TomLorenzo
Nets in 6. There, I said it. – 3:41 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Celtics fans greet Kyrie Irving the best way they know how pic.twitter.com/08SY70AWjB3:39 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Went Celtics in 7 with the pick. They are really good, have the home-court advantage and deserve to be considered a favorite, but not by much with the way the Nets have looked lately. – 3:38 PM

Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Kyrie intro. pic.twitter.com/EZAEKKBZGs3:38 PM

Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Loud boos for the Nets here pic.twitter.com/r6KKMj6RyB3:37 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets pregame intros. #Celtics pic.twitter.com/SHRHs8UMI83:37 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Lusty boos for “Dorchester’s” Bruce Brown, but the volume rises for Kyrie Irving. – 3:37 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Based on Kyrie’s pregame reception, I understandably don’t think Celtics fans have moved on like he wanted. – 3:37 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Some hearty boos as Bruce Brown, from Dorchester, is announced but they pale in comparison to the boos for Kyrie Irving. #Celtics #Nets3:36 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Moments away from tipoff at TD Garden, where No. 2 Celtics and No. 7 Nets are about to start Game 1 of the first round. This series is a toss-up. Nets have KD & Kyrie. Celtics have the league’s best defense, a Coach of the Year candidate, & a star in Tatum. Updates to come. – 3:35 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Go time. pic.twitter.com/hkVyiPweWg3:34 PM

Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
my Hot Take is that Kyrie has given Celtics fans plenty of reason to dislike him and Celtics fans have given him plenty of reasons to dislike them and maybe the best thing for both sides is to agree to deeply dislike each other because that happens a lot in sports – 3:34 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
It’s the Battle of The Starting Lineup!
@Brian Scalabrine 🆚 @Frank Isola
Hear Game 1 of the Nets-Celtics game NOW on NBA Radio! https://t.co/AYipQpw9t4
What kind of bet should they put on the line? pic.twitter.com/lBYPF2nWuR3:33 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Ready. Set. PLAYOFFS ☘️ pic.twitter.com/pEmNYDV0FQ3:32 PM

Thon Maker @ThonMaker14
Nets in 6!
#NetsWorld #Playoffs3:31 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
The Heat are 7-1 since they got ✌️’d by Andre Drummond. pic.twitter.com/zBYPkU0uzP3:31 PM

Sarah Kustok @sarahkustok
We got you for full postgame coverage of Game 1 between the @Brooklyn Nets v @Boston Celtics on @YESNetwork & the YES App.. Join us! pic.twitter.com/OfdljWCP1H3:22 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Warm welcome for Kyrie. pic.twitter.com/P56YQaKscB3:21 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
🗣️ Brooklyn in the building pic.twitter.com/AwIgJaKPDW3:20 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving booed as he walks in the proximity of the #Celtics Lucky logo in pregame warmups. #nets pic.twitter.com/d4NRBG0SOL3:20 PM

Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Miami Heat’s #NBAPlayoffs kicks for Game 1:
• PJ Tucker – AJ 11 IE
• Tyler Herro – Nike GT Cut
• Duncan Robinson – Nike KD 14
• Coach Spo – AJ 3 “Cyber Monday” pic.twitter.com/AsJpPXguIC3:19 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Going back on IG Live for pregame from Boston
IG: Krisplashed – 3:17 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Celtics game ops puts a picture of Bruce Brown up on the Jumbotron, with his quote about the Celtics being vulnerable in the paint without Rob Williams layered over it. Boos erupt. Red meat being thrown out there early. – 3:16 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Jumbotron reminding fans of the Bruce Brown comments.
Spoiler alert…they did not meet reminding. pic.twitter.com/5RsFeSGSfP3:16 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Just showed the Bruce Brown quote on the scoreboard here at TD Garden — and the reaction wasn’t good. Folks, remember, he’s from here. Be kind. – 3:14 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
They just showed Bruce Brown’s quote about the Celtics not having Robert Williams and attacking Al Horford and Daniel Theis on the jumbotron here at TD Garden. Celtics fans booed. – 3:14 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
The Celtics just put Bruce Brown’s comments on the Jumbotron. The crowd booed. – 3:14 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
#BleedGreen pic.twitter.com/wW3gtK4Kqp3:11 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
The wait is almost over… pic.twitter.com/VeIUzoDj363:11 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Poll: Who wins the Nets-Celtics series? – 3:10 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
TD Garden still filling up. Didn’t check to see what time bars opened around here and if fans will be in full form for Kyrie intro here. – 3:06 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Shoutout @ArbellaIns for hooking up every seat with these shirts 🔥 pic.twitter.com/AUfVs35qpi3:05 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Nets at Celtics– TD Garden – April 17, 2022 – Game 1 Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, Theis
Brooklyn – Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry, Bruce Brown, Kevin Durant, Andre Drummond
OUT: Boston: R. Williams Brooklyn: Simmons, Harris pic.twitter.com/JRkGkJnxw93:04 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters this afternoon:
Daniel Theis
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Nets starters:
Andre Drummond
Bruce Brown
Kevin Durant
Seth Curry
Kyrie Irving – 3:02 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters for Game 1 in Boston: Irving, Curry, Durant, Brown and Drummond – 3:01 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
The Nets’ Starters vs. the Celtics:
👴🏾Kyrie Irving
💦Seth Curry
🔒Bruce Brown
💲Kevin Durant
🦍Andre Drummond – 3:01 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
🔜 #NetsLevel pic.twitter.com/Slv0CtJtsG3:00 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Greetings from home. I made it the whole regular season without getting sick, so of course I fall ill for the start of the playoffs. @Jared Weiss is covering for me in Boston. Follow him. I expect to be back for Game 3. Will tweet a few thoughts throughout the game. – 3:00 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Nets have won all three playoff series with the Celtics, winning 12 of the 15 games.
Among teams that have met 15+ times, that .800 win percentage is the highest any team holds over another in NBA Playoff history.
(#2 on that list is Boston vs. Chicago..the road not taken.) – 2:52 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Ben Simmons has some pep in his step during pregame workouts today. #NetsLevel #Netsworld pic.twitter.com/kgjiKnd7yH2:49 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Ben Simmons has been getting some dribbling exercises in here pregame for the last 20 minutes or so. These last few pregames it feels like he’s been coming out early to try and get a feel for what it’s like to be on an NBA floor again. – 2:49 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Ben Simmons is doing some mid-court dribbling. – 2:46 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Kevin Durant once again getting heckled by some – certainly not all – end zone fans during his pregame warmup. – 2:43 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
##Celtics ready to counter words with actions on the court in opening series against Nets bostonglobe.com/2022/04/16/spo… via @BostonGlobe2:37 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Countdown to tip-off ⌛️ pic.twitter.com/nCFLwuokVc2:35 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Ready for this moment. pic.twitter.com/Pu8WfGh1rl2:34 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
No work tomorrow in Boston due to the holiday. I’m pretty sure that crowd is going to be really ready to go at tip-off. – 2:32 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Jumped on with @DHenryTV from @SNYtv to talk #Nets#Celtics, if Ben Simmons can help when he returns … youtu.be/41OwK_3rasg via @YouTube2:32 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving and the Boston crowd: “Kyrie’s been here a number of times. He’s been here proverbially in a playoff sense and hostile environments dozens of times. It’s not that I really think that has a huge effect on Kyrie.” – 2:32 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Ime Udoka: “It all comes back to Durant and Irving, so some things I saw last year and throughout the year that obviously I know about those guys. We’ll see what we can do with that, but they’re high-level scorers and they’re gonna kinda get what they get.” – 2:32 PM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
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Boston Celtics @celtics
Believe in Boston pic.twitter.com/cpBjvv9ej72:24 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Ime Udoka said Rob Williams is, “progressing nicely. But as I’ve said all along we’re preparing to play this series without him, understanding that if we’re surprised by something, great, but we feel like we have enough with what we have now.” – 2:18 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I don’t worry about Kyrie…. Kyrie’s been here a number of times, he’s been here … dozens of times. It’s not something that I really think has a huge effect on Kyrie.”
-Steve Nash asked about hostile environments #NetsWorld pic.twitter.com/V5QP5YNvif2:14 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Steve Nash was asked about Boston’s switch-everything defense and how the Nets can combat that: pic.twitter.com/dhwYJqWty12:11 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Asked Steve Nash about Kyrie Irving and the #Celtics fans: “I don’t worry about Kyrie. Kyrie’s been here a number of times. He’s been here in a playoff sense and hostile environments dozens of times. It’s not something that I really think has a huge effect on Kyrie.” #Nets #NBA2:10 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“You don’t go into the games worrying about the fans — I’m not worried about Kyrie (Irving) … He’s been here.”
⁃Steve Nash on Celtics fans impacting his play. – 2:04 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Steve Nash says you don’t go into a game worrying about fans. He’s not worried about Kyrie Irving at all facing a hostile former fanbase. – 2:04 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He’ll do a little bit of everything.”
⁃Steve Nash on Kevin Durant. – 2:03 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Steve Nash acknowledges the Celtics switch everything defense can take teams out of their own system. – 2:03 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Celtics coach Ime Udoka on Robert Williams: “He’s progressing nicely, doing a little bit more every day and on-court work now. But we’re preparing to play a series without him. If we’re surprised by something, great. I feel we have enough with what we have now. He’s a huge piece” pic.twitter.com/devM2SLKVc2:01 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Celtics coach Ime Udoka continues to say that Boston is preparing to play its entire first-round series against Brooklyn without Robert Williams.
Moe NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com1:51 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Ime Udoka on Rob Williams: “He’s progressing nicely, we’re preparing to play series without him still.” – 1:51 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Ime Udoka on Robert Williams: “He’s progressing nicely, a little bit more every day. But as I’ve said all along is we’re preparing to play a series without him.” #Nets #Celtics1:50 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka confirms that Daniel Theis will start this afternoon alongside Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. – 1:50 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
The Celtics will start Daniel Theis next to Al Horford as they did to end the regular season. – 1:50 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Ime Udoka reiterates the #Celtics are planning to play this series without Robert Williams. – 1:50 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Ime Udoka on starting center Robert Williams (knee): “He’s progressing nicely. Doing a little bit more every day. Oh court work now, but we’re preparing to play a series without him.” – 1:50 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka reiterates that Rob Williams is progressing as he has the last few days, but they are still preparing for the series without him and he is still in the 4-6 week timeframe. That timeframe does give him a chance to enter the series late though. – 1:50 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka on Rob Williams: “He’s progressing nicely, coming along. But we’re prepared to play a series without him. If we get a surprise and he’s back early, that would be nice. But we’re prepared to play this series without him.” – 1:50 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
“We are preparing to play this series without him” says Ime Udoka to the 50th question this week about Rob Williams possibly coming back in the next two weeks. – 1:49 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said Robert Williams is “progressing nicely” and doing a little bit more every day. Said the Celtics are still planning to play this series without him, but if he surprises them and comes back sooner that’s great. – 1:49 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Coach Udoka says “we have a nice calm about us” heading into Game 1. – 1:48 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka says the Celtics vibes are all business after a week of practice: “We have a nice calm about us.” – 1:47 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said he is “not that concerned” about rust or nerves. Said the vibe around the team is about the business. Said there’s a nice calm around the Celtics. – 1:47 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Dressed to impress 💧 pic.twitter.com/50iCm6JGsq1:43 PM

Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
For your pre-game reading list…
The Celtics can lose this first-round series. But the Nets can’t beat them.
We explain the difference — and how it will decide who wins.
bit.ly/3O9E9Dv1:14 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Going on IG live from TD Garden where Kyrie Irving just finished early pregame warmups. Bring your questions, your hot takes, your concerns or your confidence in the outcome of this series.
IG: @Kristian Winfield1:14 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
My guess is that Boston opens possessions like this to start the game:
Smart – Irving
Brown – Durant
Tatum – Curry
Theis – Brown
Horford – Drummond
That will allow them to have Theis play the Rob Williams role as a roamer/helper. But, as always, Boston will switch everything. – 12:56 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets fans are outside TD Garden well ahead of the 330 tipoff – 12:51 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
“I don’t know that I could have seen it come to THIS, like THIS.” Al Horford and the Celtics’ young core, reunited, is getting it right the second time around. bostonherald.com/2022/04/17/041…12:49 PM

Patrick Mills @Patty_Mills
GAME DAY BALA GAME DAYYY!!!
#NBAPlayoffs #NetsLevel12:15 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Looking for a place close to home to watch today’s game?
Join Team Hype and DJ Jung to activate #NetsLevel together at the Game 1 Watch Party ⤵️ – 12:05 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
#StatMuseSunday
Combined PPG in last 10 games:
56.3 — KD/Kyrie
55.8 — Jayson/Jaylen
Which duo will score more today? And what’s their combined points?
$150 https://t.co/gd8GLxQrlo voucher to the winning guess. pic.twitter.com/ks45SRSVKu12:01 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2021, the @Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry made 11 3P in a loss to the Celtics.
Curry became the first player in NBA history to make 10 or more 3P three times in a four-game span.
Two days later, he would become the first player to do so four times in a five-game span. pic.twitter.com/6ccHBIugAW12:01 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
heart and soul ☘️ pic.twitter.com/YtS86vG0UE11:45 AM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
A look at what Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown face today in their observance of Ramadan #Celtics #Nets bostonglobe.com/2022/04/16/spo…11:17 AM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Happy Birthday, @Nic Claxton!! 🥳🎉 pic.twitter.com/0RMcaM7YZe10:30 AM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Also I feel like the Sixers have had 2 players in the past 20 years who would throw that overhead bounce pass in transition: Andre Drummond and James Harden.
Looks a little better when the latter does it. – 10:13 AM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
With the Knicks done, @NewsdaySports has a bunch of Nets versus Celtics stuff today – including predictions from me and @Barbara Barker. newsday.com/sports/basketb…10:05 AM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Celtics’ Smart aims to make things tough on Kyrie
Marcus Smart is key to Boston’s top-rated defense front-runner for NBA Defensive Player of the Year. newsday.com/sports/basketb…9:59 AM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets vs. #Celtics: Breaking down the matchups in #NBA playoff series nypost.com/2022/04/17/nba… via @nypostsports9:56 AM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
#HappyEaster to our Hornets fam! 💜 pic.twitter.com/g8rPvNBfP89:51 AM