NBA teams preparing for the start of playoffs — and the Stanley Cup

Nets Gone Wild: Boston Celtics 97, Brooklyn Nets 88

By Dan MacLeod, CNN • Updated 27th May 2018

(CNN) — The Brooklyn Nets missed winning their first playoff series in franchise history, and still aren’t sure why.

That’s why they’re coming home.

The Nets went down in six games to the Boston Celtics, with a couple of games close enough to decide who stays and who goes, and just enough dropped clippings.

“What we got to work on is finishing the games,” said Bradley Beal, who played all 82 games for the Wizards this season after coming over from the Wizards in the Carmelo Anthony trade.

“It’s really tough to win as many games as you want, especially in the playoffs. And if you don’t close out, it comes back and you get behind. So, we need to be able to play a little bit better defensively, start playing together a little bit more, just making those extra plays. Not just me and Bradley and Otto coming up with big threes and making the right play at the right time.”

That is, and the Nets just aren’t quite there yet.

“We’ve lost focus in certain moments,” said point guard D’Angelo Russell, who had 33 points for the Nets in Game 6. “We can’t be watching someone on TV or worrying about guys going up and grabbing a rebound or going up and blocking a shot. We’ve got to be doing that ourselves.”

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