Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Celtics win; Hayward and Irving return

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Rita Gibson | 18 October, 2018, 02:31

The Celtics will need time to figure out how to get the most out of their loaded roster this season.

The ball also pinballed around the floor at times, with both teams having trouble keeping possession.

The Celtics knocked the 76ers out of last season's playoffs and they continued their dominance in the highly-anticipated match-up with Boston's second-year forward Jayson Tatum top-scoring for his team with 23 points.

While the Celtics were a prolific 3-point-shot-taking team in preseason - with 37.3 percent of shot attempts behind the arc - they were a horrific 3-point-shot-making team in preseason - hitting at just a 24.6 percent clip (34-for-138).

With Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward returning to the lineup, the TD Garden should be rowdy and rocking for the Celtics home opener.

"It was wonderful to be out there on the court again for a regular-season game, " said Hayward. "I think everybody's adrenaline was pumping".

Play was sloppy all around in the first half.

"I feel like this season that's going to be a big advantage for our group".

Al Horford also delivered a gritty, playoff-like performance, with five blocks in 29 minutes. After that, he plans to play different combinations blending the starters with a second unit loaded with players who played instrumental roles in last year's run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Ben Simmons has blossomed into a risky player, but he can not shoot.

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Embiid made it clear afterward the 76ers have a way to go to be on the Celtics' level.

"This is not a rivalry", Embiid said.

And honestly, I don't mind it. People forget how bad the Celtics' offense was last season, finishing in the bottom 15. "So this is not a rivalry".

Baynes was not almost as effective a year ago, although he held Embiid slightly below his regular scoring average and held him to just 46.4 percent from the field, also slightly below his regular season number. He didn't score until finally connecting on a pair of free throws early in the third quarter. "They're both our two oldest players, they're totally selfless, they're totally in it for the team, they wrap their arms around young guys". Hayward finished with 10 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes. Irving had seven points and seven assists.

Boston took a 47-42 half-time lead, the 76ers stung by 11 first-half turnovers.

But Barkley said he considers the Celtics' 18-point win to be a warning sign.

76ers: Outscored the Celtics 50-34 in the paint.

The Celtics will feature the return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to the court after both suffered season-ending injuries previous year. There is history, dating back to the great battles between Celtics center Bill Russell and Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain, right on through Larry Bird vs. Julius Erving to the 2017 East semifinals series between the two franchises.

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