The Boston Celtics, a team that has been pegged as favorites to win the Eastern Conference, opened the National Basketball Association season with a convincing 105-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers last night. "I think everybody's adrenaline was pumping".
The C's most dynamic scoring threat, the 20-year-old Tatum wasted no time making his presence felt, and finished the half as the Green's lone double-digit scorer, with 13 points behind a 5-for-10 start from the field. "If I can help us get wins, I'll be happy".
There's no need to panic one game into the season if you're Philadelphia. "They were tremendous. It was everything I expected when I originally signed here".
Jaylen Brown had 12 points, Al Horford added nine points and five blocked shots and Gordon Hayward contributed 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with four steals in his return after breaking his left leg in last year's season opener.
"This not a rivalry", he said.
Off-the-record (and occasionally on it), every team that does the NBA's annual preseason trip to China complains when they get back about how it throws them off for weeks into the regular season. 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.More news: The most adorable moment of the royal tour so far
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Instead, the Sixers will have to wait until Christmas Day for their second meeting of the regular season with the Celtics, with hopefully better results to show they can in fact compete with their division rivals.
The ring, which includes 74 diamonds and sapphires down each side (representing each win of last year's title run), has special nods to their dominant season - including bristle texture (like a broom, geddit?) on the sides of the ring for their dominant sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year's finals. "The depth, that's the most special part about this team".
"It brought back a lot of memories, a lot of dark memories and dark times, " he said. If he accepts that role and creates shots the same way with the second unit (and just shoots a little better, something that will come, he had a solid 51.5 true shooting percentage last year) he could be a Sixth Man of the Year candidate leading that unit.
The No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, he missed 68 games with a shoulder injury and was plagued by shooting issues and confidence problems.
The Celtics won the game 103-87 in the end, thanks to solid bench play and an all-around team effort.