Everything you need to know about the Nets win over the Celtics in OT with BSJ insight and analysis
Caris LaVert, Nets hand Celtics worst loss of the year: The Celtics blew a 13-point lead in the final four minutes of regulation, setting the stage for a disastrous 129-120 loss to the undermanned Nets in overtime at the TD Garden on Tuesday night. Caris LeVert erupted for 51 points for the visitors, willing the Nets back from a 21-point deficit by helping the Nets pile up 51 points in the fourth quarter against a Celtics team that was down Jayson Tatum (illness), Gordon Hayward (knee) and Jaylen Brown (hamstring) by the closing minutes. With Kemba Walker stuck on a minutes limit and Marcus Smart fouled out, the Celtics were forced to play an all-bench unit in OT besides Daniel Theis while Brooklyn outscored them 11-2 with LaVert scoring all 11 of Brooklyn’s points in what was easily the ugliest loss of the season for Boston. Jaylen Brown had a team-high 22 points in what was Boston’s second straight double-digit blown lead at home, dropping an easily winnable game to spoil Kemba Walker’s return (21 points in 23 minutes) to the court following a knee injury.
Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown leave game with injuries: Just when the Celtics’ string of injuries appears to be coming to an end, a new one popped up in the second quarter on Tuesday once Daniel Theis fell into Gordon Hayward at the two-minute mark of the second quarter. Hayward finished the half but did not return after intermission as the C’s ruled him out with a right knee contusion. Jaylen Brown added his name to the walking wounded in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter after pulling up lame with a hamstring injury.
With a back-to-back matchup looming in Cleveland on Wednesday and Kemba Walker already expected to rest his knee for recovery purposes, it may be a few more days before the C’s get a chance to play at full strength. Jayson Tatum is expected to make the trip but he and Daniel Theis may be the only members of the usual starting five in uniform.