Expectations Are High In Boston As The Celtics Tip Off Their Season
- Author: Julie Sanders Oct 18, 2018,
Oct 18, 2018, 9:03
It dates back to the 1960's when guys like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain faced head-to-head in the playoffs, it was revived in the early 1980's between Julius Erving and Larry Bird and added another short chapter to its story when an injury-plagued Celtics team topped a favored Sixers squad in last year's Eastern Conference semifinals. Ainge was able to snag Tatum with the No. 3 pick while also picking up an additional pick (we all know the backstory of the #KingsPick), while Philadelphia went with Markelle Fultz at No. 1 overall.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he isn't anxious.
And leave it to the National Basketball Association to schedule the Philadelphia 76ers as the opening game opponent at Boston Garden.
It would be nice to blame the Sixers struggles opening night on that. but their problems against the Celtics were bigger than frequent flier miles in the preseason.
The latest attempt to insulate Fultz has been to put him in the starting five, and bring J.J. Redick off the bench. The additions of Wilson, Chandler, and Mike Muscala should help to aid the loss of losing Ersan Ilyasova and the aforementioned Belinelli. "But still we found a way to get the win".
Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
It's a long season and what matters is where Fultz is come March and April, not October. Ben Simmons has blossomed into a unsafe player, but he can't shoot. He has also worked on his free-throw stroke.
Golden State needed a strong fourth quarter to win on a festive night after the two-time defending champions received their 2018 rings in a pregame ceremony shortly before tipoff and began the final season at Oracle Arena before a move across San Francisco Bay to new Chase Center. Many people may be quick to forget that he signed a 4-year max contract- which pays him $28 million per year- prior to last offseason. "We come out and play and do what we're supposed to do".
There was going scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting in the season opener's first 2:41 before Jayson Tatum cracked the iceberg. We all know that Simmons will likely never be an even average 3-point shooter, and Embiid shot a awful 25 percent from the 3-point line last season despite a career-high 214 attempts.
Horford was, indeed, one of the most effective Embiid defenders last season. "There's a lot of games left to be played". Get your 100% signup bonus today.