As the series starts to wrap up in Brooklyn, the Nets will have a chance to salvage some pride out of the season. Basically the calculus here is whether you believe they will play for the pride of if the Nets feel the series is over and will fold.
There’s two things that lead me to thinking that won’t happen. Kevin Durant pays attention to everything that’s said about him and the media has been brutal in the last few days. If the past is any indication, he will be playing with legacy defining intensity tonight. The second is that the style of play that has made the Celtics so great is going high energy, high intensity, suffocating defense from minute 1 to minute 48. That’s extremely difficult to keep up, especially when you feel like you’ve won a series already. Realistically they have won already, but I think they’ll let this one slip.