Celtics too good for 76ers in National Basketball Association opener


The Boston Celtics need to turn the page on preseason, where they shot just 24.7 percent from three-point land and surrendered at least 100 points in every game. Ahead of tonight's game, Celtics star guard Kyrie Irving was wearing what many people believe to the be Nike Kyrie 5.

"It brought back a lot of memories, a lot of dark memories and dark times, but to be honest it was cool to see some of the progression", Hayward said.

Play was sloppy all around in the first half. I think everybody's adrenaline was pumping, because it was sloppy at first, but it was great just to be out there. "It was a big step for me". The Warriors ranked 19th in the league in rebounding rate last season (49.7 per cent) and finishing possessions by securing the board has been a weak point for them over the years.

"You can't have better leaders than Al (Horford) and Baynes". And in the second half, the Celtics pulled away for a 105-87 victory. A rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Celtics and 76ers are two of the top teams in the East. Robert Covington was hopeless all night, and even Joel Embiid found himself victimized by Tatum's offensive flair - and with some chatter and a wink thrown Embiid's way from Tatum after a key make that truly put this game out of reach in the fourth. Third-string point guard (in name only) Terry Rozier, meanwhile, finished his night with 11 points, eight rebounds, and a Celtic-leading plus-22 in 26 minutes off the bench.

"This not a rivalry", Embiid said, per ESPN.

And honestly, I don't mind it. People forget how bad the Celtics' offense was last season, finishing in the bottom 15. "They always kick our a**". "So this is not a rivalry". They can also work to stagger Fultz and Simmons' playing time more, which could mean taking Fultz out after about five minutes and giving him a stint at the point late in the first and early in the second quarter.

He received an extended ovation from the home crowd during a pregame introduction that included a video montage of his rehab process.

Gordon Hayward considered it a blessing to be able to play basketball again as he adjusted to being back in the game after a year of rehabilitation.

After receiving loud ovations during pregame introductions, Irving and Hayward both had sluggish starts. Irving missed his first nine attempts from the field.