Jayson Tatum scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds while reserve Marcus Morris added 16 points as the Boston Celtics ripped Philadelphia 105-87 in the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season opener on Tuesday.
Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are back after missing the postseason previous year and the Celtics struggled in the preseason. He's one of the most likable players in the game, both on and off the court, and it's great to see him playing the game he loves once again.
"I thought that play that Jayson had at the end, we cut it to seven and he hit that bank shot, really which put the game out of reach".
It was Irving's lowest in a game since joining the Celtics, but it does exclude the game last October when he played just two minutes. But before jumping that far ahead since there's plenty to discuss from the opener, let's take a look at a few key takeaways from Tuesday's loss for the Sixers against the Celtics.
Klay Thompson shot just 5 of 20 for 14 points while center Damian Jones scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting for the Warriors in his first career start and 26th game. After an underwhelming offseason of signings, Philadelphia's young stars, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, are looking to prove they belong in the East's top tier, even if they didn't bring in much help in the summer'.
The Celtics get the 2018/19 season underway this evening when they host the 76ers in a mouthwatering Eastern Conference clash.
Last season, the Sixers outscored opponents by 268 points in 601 minutes when Redick was on the floor with the other starters, per NBA Advanced Statistics. "I don't know our record against them".
Sure, losing Gordon Hayward hurt a lot, but it didn't change the limitations.
The Celtics soundly beat the 76ers 105-87 in Boston on Wednesday (AEDT).
Tatum said his trash talk was playful, but starting Tuesday everything turned much more serious. Along with the fact that there is often a carryover effect from the previous season for these awards, I feel confident that Stevens will win the 2018-19 Coach of the Year Award. In the second half, Fultz played just three minutes, while T.J. McConnell got 15.