The Boston Celtics gave the Brooklyn Nets a worthy challenge in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff series on Saturday night, but the offensive firepower of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving was ultimately too much for the C's to overcome.
For the Celtics to even the series before it shifts to TD Garden later in the week, they must get better scoring contributions from players not named Jayson Tatum.
Kemba Walker is at the top of that list. The veteran guard scored 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting in Game 1. He started the game shooting 2-for-9. Evan Fournier also has to provide more of a scoring punch. The veteran wing played 39 minutes in Game 1 but only scored 10 points on 3-for-10 shooting.
The Celtics actually played pretty well defensively in the series opener by keeping the Nets to 100 points, which is 18.6 less than their regular season average. Scoring 93 points isn't going to be good enough for the C's regardless of how well they play defensively. Therefore, Boston needs a more balanced and efficient offensive attack if it's going to upset the Nets on Tuesday night.
Here's how and when to watch NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics vs. Nets Game 2.
When: Tuesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Boston
Live Stream: NBC Sports Boston
Be sure to also tune into "Celtics Pregame Live" beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET, as well as "Celtics Halftime Live" and "Celtics Postgame Live" immediately following the final buzzer. You can watch all of them via live stream using the link above.