Celtics' first-round playoff matchup is set


It's official: the Boston Celtics will take on the Brooklyn Nets in Round 1 of the 2022 NBA playoffs.

Brooklyn earned a 115-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Tuesday night's play-in game to set up the first-round matchup with the C's. It'll be a tough test for the Celtics' top-ranked defense as it'll be tasked with limiting superstars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, who contributed 34 and 25 points respectively vs. Cleveland.

There's also a chance Ben Simmons makes his Nets debut sometime during the series. The ex-Philadelphia 76ers guard reportedly is eyeing a Game 3 return after missing the entire regular season.

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The Celtics went 3-1 against the Nets during the 2021-22 campaign, though two of those wins came without Irving or Durant in Brooklyn's lineup. Boston won the last meeting on March 6, 126-120. Jayson Tatum dropped a season-high 54 points in the victory.

These two teams also faced off in the first round of last year's playoffs. The Nets eliminated the Celtics in five games as Durant posted a series-high 32.6 points per game. Tatum carried Boston's offense with 30.6 ppg in the losing effort.

Celtics vs. Nets Game 1 is scheduled for Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live right here on NBC Sports Boston.

UPDATE: The full first-round schedule has been revealed. Check it out below.

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