The Nets were too much for the Celtics on Friday, but the Brooklyn boys will need to take down tougher foes if they hope to advance in the playoffs.
Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely joins Abby Chin to discuss the Nets' playoff prospects, which seem to be looking brighter after the team recorded their 11th-straight home victory.
With the loss on Friday, the Celtics drop the season series to the Nets, 3-1.
"They’re playing at a high level," says Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "We’ve gone through and played some of the better teams in the East. This team’s starting to really play. That’s a different team than we’ve played the first three times we played them."
The Nets have been through some pretty big peaks and valleys in their season, but they seem to be peaking at just the right time.
"For a team that has been through a lot of the trials and tribulations that they’ve been through, they’re really where they want to be right now," says Blakely.
The Brooklyn surge has been spearheaded in part by former Celtics captain, Paul Pierce, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
"I think his future looks very bright," says Blakely. "He’s helping this Brooklyn team win a lot of games, and he’s doing it in a very non-go-to-guy kind of way, which is the role that he’s going to have to play going forward."
Things haven't gone as well in Brooklyn for another former Celtic.
"As for Kevin Garnett, I’m not optimistic that he’s going to be with these guys come playoff time," says Blakely. "That back injury is taking a lot longer than I think a lot of people anticipated."