(Brooklyn Nets – Cleveland Cavaliers 115-108) Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Nets stars had one last chance to reach the NBA Finals. They grabbed it.
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It’s been a turbulent season in Brooklyn. Injuries, a vaccine opponent and a dissatisfied star have marked the headlines. In addition, it has the sporting aisle.
But now everything is forgotten.
Superstar Kevin Durant has recovered from the injuries, unvaccinated Kyrie Irving has finally been allowed to play in New York and the unrest James Harden has traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
And with Durant and Irving in the lead, the Cleveland Cavaliers finally won Wednesday night.
The match was initially to be broadcast on VG + Sport, but went on due to technical problems only NBA League Pass.
Kyrie Irving – who has also previously made headlines with special statements – started the season as a solid pain in the ass for the New York team. The 30-year-old, like many Americans, refused to follow the government’s vaccine advice, and in New York State it did not go down well.
There, unvaccinated people had to stay home from work – and Irving was not allowed to wear the Nets uniform. He was suspended by the team, and the future in Brooklyn looked bleak.
In the tight match program in December, the Nets took him into the heat again, then only to play away games outside the state of New York.
It was not until the end of March that he played his first home game of the season at Barclay Center, and responded with the season’s second “double-double”: Double-digit number of assists (11) and points (16) against the Charlotte Hornets.
Wednesday night’s game was only his seventh home game this season, and there was no opponent for Irving: He played seven seasons for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2011 to 2017.
– I feel I have answered some questions towards the end of this season … I do not take ups or downs for granted. They have got us where we are today, says Irving after the match.
34 points and 12 assists is definitely a good “answer”. Now he is heading for the NBA Finals for the seventh time in his career.
New away games await there, also against old acquaintances. Nets and Irving will travel to Massachusetts to meet the team where Irving became both a hero and a scapegoat from 2017 to 2019: Boston Celtics. You can watch the first match in the seven-match series on VG +.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were also ready for the playoffs on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Clippers beat 109–104. Now the Clippers and Cavaliers have one more chance to join the generous company.
Watch the first match in the NBA playoffs at VG + Sport on Saturday night at 19:00. Then the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz meet.