Celtics pull off a surprising sweep in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs

The Boston Celtics won Game 4 in Barclays Center on April 25, as they swept the Brooklyn Nets in an exciting series. Although the Nets were a 7th seed, audiences were shocked to see that the 2021 Conference Champions couldn’t pull off a single win.

Boston’s sweep is extremely honorable because of the Nets’ impressive lineup. The team consists of over 7 All-Stars, but it just wasn’t enough.

“Another hard-fought victory in probably the closest sweep you will ever see,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “I think it was very hard-fought in a lot of ways, and credit Brooklyn, they came out with everything tonight.”

The Celtics have an outstanding lineup of several All-Stars and this year’s Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Smart. The team is known for their depth and chemistry on the court.

“Individually, you’ve got guys stepping up that I’m sure a lot of people, one, probably didn’t know, two, never heard of, three, wasn’t expecting,” Smart said. “So that right there alone just speaks for itself.”

Boston is having a successful year due to their well-rounded lineup and impressive coaching. After their famed head coach of 8 years, Brad Stevens, left the franchise, Ime Udoka took leadership. He’s achieved great accomplishments in his first year.

“If the Celtics go on to win it all, it will be because of who they hired as their head coach and how he took this team to a level that the old regime could not,” sports columnist Carron J. Phillips said.

The Celtics move onto the Eastern Conference Semifinals, where they face the defending champs, the Milwaukee Bucks. Boston may be at an advantage, since one of Milwaukee’s starters, Khris Middleton, is expected to miss the entire series because of a sprained MCL.

“We miss Khris,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I don’t think anybody underestimates how important and how effective he is for us. While we don’t have him, we’ve got to be our best all up and down the roster.”

The Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers also face each other in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Both teams had a successful Round 1, and they play in the first couple of weeks in May.

In a little over a month, two teams will go head-to-head in the 2022 NBA Finals. Is Boston going to finish on top of the Eastern Conference? Will they go all the way for the ring?

“I hope to see the Celtics win it all,” junior Sam Lawton said. “I think that they have the ability to do so, too.”