Brooklyn Nets should take note of Tristan Thompson’s NSFW comments

The Brooklyn Nets were able to dispatch the Boston Celtics in the first game of their playoff series, as the Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden overcame a slow start in order to topple Tristan Thompson and give Brooklyn a quick 1-0 advantage in this matchup of two division rivals. 

While the likes of Robert Williams kept the Celtics in the game for a good chunk of the action, Thompson was one of the poorer performers in that first game, as he scored just four points in 25 minutes of action while posting a -16 plus/minus mark.

None of that has stopped Thompson from running his mouth after the Game 1 loss, claiming that despite the star power and offensive efficiency that the Nets are able to throw out on the court at any given time, he isn’t backing down from a challenge, even if means potentially giving the Nets bulletin-board material.

While Thompson did say that the Nets should feel good about their chances thanks to the combination of offensive juice they have, he did say that the Celtics “don’t give a s—“ about them while claiming the Nets are mortal like any other basketball team.

As if the Nets didn’t have enough motivation this weekend, Thompson could set off a firestorm by claiming the undermanned Celtics feel no pressure with regard to taking on a loaded Nets team.

The Brooklyn Nets need to look at Tristan Thompson’s pot-stirring comments.

Even though Blake Griffin was a complete non-factor in his first playoff game with the Nets, Brooklyn was able to take advantage of Boston whenever Thompson was in the game. He looked completely out of sorts on the defensive end, and Robert Williams shutting the Nets down shows what happens when Thompson gets plopped down on the bench.

Boston had enough to worry about in this series without Thompson throwing some more gasoline on this fire. Jaylen Brown, who could’ve put up 30 while helping slow down one of the Nets’ studs, isn’t going to play in the entire postseason. In addition, Jayson Tatum didn’t look as deadly in Game 1 as he did in the Washington play-in game.

Tatum struggled shooting the ball, and if he is unable to score at a clip similar to what he exhibited in the Wizards game, the likes of Thompson might not supply enough firepower to compete with a Nets team that has three of the 10 best offensive players in the game at their disposal.

Thompson also cited the fact that he needs to play in front of fans in Boston to really give the Nets the kick in the butt he wants to give them. However, the capacity at the Garden will be capped, and the Nets might build up a lead that is just too sizeable for the Celtics to overcome.

Fans in the building will without question help the Celtics match the energy that a Nets team hitting their stride will exhibit on the court, but it won’t help Thompson finish on the interior despite a very suspect collection of bigs hailed as a weak spot for the Nets throughout the regular season. These comments could come back to hurt Thompson and Boston as a whole.

Brad Stevens knows what a hard task he has in front of him, and he can’t allow someone like Thompson to fire up the Nets even more as they look to put away their rivals in the postseason once and for all. Barring a Boston comeback, which is already an unlikely outcome, these comments by Thompson will get “Old Takes Exposed” the second the final buzzer sounds.