Joel Embiid Punked By Boston Celtics On NBA Opening Night

Joel Embiid Punked By Boston Celtics On NBA Opening Night

Still, the Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by 18 points in a 105-87 final at TD Garden on Tuesday night. That mentality could help Boston pull off some upsets when the games really start mattering.

"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.

No team ever likes to lose their first game of the year, but the good news for Philadelphia is with a favorable matchup scheduled for Thursday against the Chicago Bulls, there's a good chance they will earn their first win then. I think it was 7-for-27.

Play was sloppy all around in the first half. It was great just to be out there. That's a big step for me. They'll win 50 games and will have a shot at challenging the Celtics for the conference's top seed.

"This not a rivalry", Embiid said, per ESPN. I knew what to expect. But it's pretty bad. "So this is not a rivalry".

After receiving loud ovations during pregame introductions, Irving and Hayward both had sluggish starts. He made one of three jumpers, with his longest attempt a miss from 17 feet out. He didn't score until finally connecting on a pair free throws early in the third quarter. We've gotten them a couple of times. The forward played 25 minutes and contributed with 10 points and five rebounds. Irving had seven points and seven assists. It was a big confidence booster just to finish that first game.

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

The Boston Celtics arguably boast the deepest roster in all of the National Basketball Association.

I was stunned when the results of last season's Coach of the Year vote came back and Dwane Casey got the nod.

Altogether on Opening Night, the 76ers scored just 50 points on the 60 possessions during which Horford or Baynes were matched up with Embiid. LeBron James carried Miami and Cleveland to the last eight Eastern Conference championships and now that he's left Cleveland to play for the Lakers, the conference is up for grabs.

"We were excited to have (Gordon) and Kyrie back", Tatum said.

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. In his return to action, Gordon Hayward finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four steals. The Sixers will look to bounce back at home on Thursday against the Chicago Bulls at 8 p.m. ET.

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