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NBA Playoffs Game 3 Live Thread: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics, 8:30 PM EST

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2021 NBA Playoffs - Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

The Brooklyn Nets took care of business, winning games 1 and 2 at home against the Boston Celtics pretty handily.

Now, it’s on to Boston and Game 3, where all eyes will be on Kyrie Irving. No, not because of what’s happening on the court - well, no, yeah I guess because of what’s happening on the court. Preceded by what he said off the court.

But the Nets have a real opportunity to all but end this series by winning Friday night and going up 3-0.

Boston is expected to have Jayson Tatum back in the lineup after he left Game 2 early with an eye injury. Nothing to see here - hah. Meanwhile, Brooklyn will be without Jeff Green.

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (2-0) at Boston Celtics (0-2)

WHEN: 8:30 PM EST

WHERE: ABC (national tv), YES2 (local tv), WFAN (radio)

Game Preview.

Without Green, what will the Nets rotation look like? Do they shrink it down to eight players and work that way, or is there an opportunity for someone like Alize Johnson to get a chance to make a name for himself in this setting? Either way, Steve Nash will have to figure out how to replace the loss of one of the team’s more important players.

So without their third big, Nicolas Claxton will have more time to be on the court. Clax has been a revelation all season long and he’s managed to outplay (the injured) Robert Williams thus far. Time Lord has been hampered by his toe injury and the Nets managed to solve the challenge he posed to them after game one. Brooklyn’s big rotation

For more on the Celtics, check out Celtics Blog.