The Brooklyn Nets find themselves 2-0 down in their first-round playoff series to the Celtics. After their Game 2 loss, Steve Nash was getting cooked for his coaching and overall gameplan.
Is it time for the Brooklyn Nets to start panicking yet? On Wednesday night the Nets lost Game 2 of their first-round playoff series to the Boston Celtics 114-107. They are now down 2-0 with the series set to move to Brooklyn’s home court.
The Nets were up 17 points at one point in Game 2 but a way-below-par second half saw them fail to steal a road game. Meanwhile, on social media, Steve Nash was getting cooked for his coaching performance.
Steve Nash getting cooked for gameplan in Game 2 loss
Celtics coach Ime Udoka undoubtedly got the upper hand over Steve Nash in Game 2, executing a brilliant defensive game plan against Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The Nets pair combined for 8-for-30 shooting, with KD going 0-of-10 in the second half. He also had six costly turnovers, which equalled his six turnovers from the Game 1 loss.
Durant has been uncharacteristically poor in the series, attempting just two 3-pointers in Game 2. The Celtics, who are one of the best defensive units in the league, have been ultra-physical on KD, swarming him whenever he gets the ball and making sure to contest every shot.
Udoka’s game plan has been perfect so far while Steve Nash’s, which mostly seems to involve getting the ball to Irving or Durant and hoping they make a basket, is getting heavily criticised.
People on Twitter have been going in on the Nets coach:
Durant on how Boston’s defense is causing him issues
KD is struggling as much as we’ve ever seen in the post-season. He is 13 for 41 (31.7 per cent) through two games, and Steve Nash is well aware his star man is struggling.
“I think they’re being physical,” Nash told ESPN. “They’re up and into him (Durant), grabbing him, holding him, all that stuff you come to expect. He’s just been uncomfortable. It hasn’t looked like he’s been able to quite get his rhythm.”
Durant echoed his coach’s sentiment: “They’re doing a great job of trying to cut off my scoring and trying to limit my shot-making. Two or three people contest, or somebody is in the lane when I’m driving, or they might double here and there.
“So, they’re doing a good job. It’s on me to figure it out. I’m not expecting my teammates or the defense to give me anything. I just got to go out there and play.”
Speaking on the Celtics’ game plan for KD, Udoka added: “We want to make him work defensively and offensively, have bodies on him the whole time and try to wear him down.”
Does Nash have an ace up his sleeve?
Nash and Durant are both under huge pressure. However, they now have a chance to swing momentum back in their favour when the series returns to Brooklyn for Game 3 on Saturday.
Nash may also have an ace up his sleeve in the form of Ben Simmons, who has yet to play for the Nets since his trade from the Philadelphia 76ers. However, his return is still up in the air and, even then, it may not be enough to overcome a supremely well-drilled and talented Celtics squad.
What do you think? Can the Nets turn the series around or are the Celtics a lock to make the Eastern Conference semi-finals? Let us know in the comments below!