Kyrie Irving comes out cold for Celtics in opener

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2018

He touches on the Sixers' shortcomings, the Celtics' current superiority, and what needs to happen for that to change.

Fultz averaged nine points per game on 43 percent shooting in the preseason. "It's going to be fun". I was down the hall throwing a pity party for myself, and she [Robyn] was like, 'No, no.' She was just on it, like, 'Get up.

Celtics fans are eager to see prized 2017 signing Gordon Hayward back on the floor in a Boston uniform.

Whether the Celtics want to admit it or not, it's already there.

Looking deep and unsafe, the Celtics claimed an early edge as the Eastern Conference favourites with this victory.

Irving is entering his second year with the Celtics and will play in the season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.

The Celtics soundly beat the 76ers 105-87 in Boston on Wednesday (AEDT). They'll win 50 games and will have a shot at challenging the Celtics for the conference's top seed.

If the Golden State Warriors had one weakness coming into the season, it was at centre, the only position where they don't feature an All-Star - at least until DeMarcus Cousins returns. The 20-year-old finished the night with 23 points and nine rebounds as they recorded a dominating win over the 76ers.

Then I'd have pointed out that they could have smoked the 76ers even if a couple of their other stars didn't have big offensive nights.

When Tatum turned it on, what you had was a Philadelphia squad that simply did not have an answer for his game.

"It brought back a lot of memories, a lot of dark memories and dark times, " he said. The two play in the same division, matching up four times a year, and the cities are separated by 300 miles. Dissing a team because it's too talented is certainly a new one.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he isn't anxious.

Curry finished with a game-high 32 points to hold off a competitive Thunder outfit who rallied from a big half-time deficit on the back of a monster second half from Paul George (28 points) in the absence of injured point guard Russell Westbrook.

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

Fultz saw his best game in pre-season on September 28 against Melbourne United with 14 points on 6-11 shooting, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

Hayward said it was "amazing" to be back out there.

The biggest difference in the Sixers this season could be Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury. Redick starting the third quarter was expected, but T.J. McConnell outplaying Fultz down the stretch was not.

Joel Embiid got punked by the Celtics all night in a blowout game! So, like I said, I have to rebuild the strength.

Hayward said he was feeling better, but added "the first week of practice was rough on (him)".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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