Joel Embiid Punked By Boston Celtics On NBA Opening Night

Lynette Rowe
October 18, 2018

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. But it will give one team bragging rights when the first game of the National Basketball Association season kicks off inside TD Garden in Boston.

"A lot to work on for me but the joy of being out here was awesome", said Hayward. I think both teams were.

Play was sloppy all around in the first half. It was great just to be out there.

"I just had a big smile when they announced my name again".

Al Horford also delivered a gritty, playoff-like performance, with five blocks in 29 minutes. "I don't know our record against them". But it's pretty bad.

The Dubs have always gotten the best out of LeBron James and even ran him out of Cleveland after beating him 3 times in 4 years, so we all want to see if the King's able to get back at them with this youth-filled roster. "So this is not a rivalry".

Hayward, suffered a horrific ankle fracture in the first game of the season against the Cavaliers. But before that game gets under way, the Warriors will receive their championship rings after winning their second straight title last season.

After receiving loud ovations during pregame introductions, Irving and Hayward both had sluggish starts. He didn't score until finally connecting on a pair of free throws early in the third quarter. What they have is playmakers, shot-takers.

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The forward made his Celtic debut at the TD Garden, playing 24 minutes and scoring 10 points.

"That was a big step, big confidence booster, a big hurdle".

Boston took a 47-42 half-time lead, the 76ers stung by 11 first-half turnovers. Ahead of tonight's game, Celtics star guard Kyrie Irving was wearing what many people believe to the be Nike Kyrie 5.

Tatum said his trash talk was playful, but starting Tuesday everything turned much more serious.

76ers: Outscored the Celtics 50-34 in the paint. Hayward had a career year (21.9 points per game) in his final season with the Utah Jazz, but the gruesome injury he sustained in last season's opener raises question marks about his future.

All it took was one word with a question mark, and it looks like we have our answer on this matter. We've gotten them a couple of times. "It's my second year".

Baynes, who hit two three-pointers, finished with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

76ers: Host the Bulls on Thursday. The Celtics visit Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors on Friday.

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