2. 3-point shooting
Despite the fact that Mike D’Antoni is on this coaching staff and this roster is full of shooters at every position, the Nets are skilled enough where they don’t have to live and die by the 3-point shot. Despite that, Brooklyn is second in the league in 3-point percentage, trailing only the Los Angeles Clippers.
Durant is shooting an insane 45% from beyond the 3-point line, Irving just put the finishing touches on a 50-40-90 season, and Joe Harris led the NBA in 3-point percentage for the second time in three seasons by draining 47.5% of his shots.
The Brooklyn Nets must shoot well from deep.
The Celtics have some quality rim protectors, and they could pack the paint in order to turn this into a jump-shooting contest by limiting the number of times Kyrie and Harden can wiggle into the paint. If another D’Antoni team goes cold in the postseason, that could be very troubling for the league.
The Celtics are no slouches from behind the arc as well, and Tatum showed that he could take advantage of Brooklyn not playing up to their potential by taking over the game. If the Celtics are willing to let the Nets shoot, they need to convert those opportunities to take home the win.