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Nets vs. Celtics today. Let the emotion & intrigue begin.

 Where do I start? Okay, let's get going with the return to Boston of the protical, Kyrie Irving. Wanderlust in an NBA player is acceptable, but it can be accomplished with class - something lacking in the wayward Irving who always seems inclined to utter meaningless drivel, trying desperately to make it sound like the wisdom of the ages. Whew! Got that off my chest!

.How about the way both rival teams were built - fabrication (Nets) versus construction (Celtics). It was going to be the BIG-3 of Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden, but that didn't work for Brooklyn. There was effectively a Harden-for-Ben-Simmons swap, but the unhappy-in-Philly Simmons still hasn't played in the Big Apple due to back issues. The Celtics? Al Horford is back - never should have left, and fans are looking at a team basically constructed through drafts and trades, not a bunch of friends longing to play with each other. 

By the way, I watched the logo-stomping several times, and there is zero doubt that this pea brain masquerading as a savant (sorry for the emotion) purposely stepped on the head of the logo and dragged his foot over the likeness. Any of my followers reading this and attending the game in Boston, please show some displeasure directed at the perpetrator of such an act.

The Nets were slated to be one of the potent powers this season, but that hasn't worked out. They have taken over the 8th spot in the East standings, the slot formerly held by the pre-January Celtics. Boston holds the 5th spot now and is surging. Jayson Tatum, having added some Durant-like point guard skills to his repertoire may be closing in on the very-talented former MVP.

For today's game, Jaylen Brown (ankle) is listed as questionable and (big surprise) Simmons is listed as "Out". So it comes down to Marcus Smart against Kyrie - Jayson Tatum versus Durant - Coach Nash (cleared COVID protocols) against Eastern-Coach-of-the-Month Udoka

Brooklyn is deep and still-dangerous. The Celtics without Brown may have a fight on their hands. Let the intrigue begin!


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