Celtics: Long dormant rivalry with 76ers is heating up

Ruben Holloway
October 19, 2018

The Philadelphia 76ers are keen and desperate to get another look at the Boston Celtics, even though if they feature Kyrie and Hayward after Brad Stevens' boys got the best out of them in the 2nd round of the last playoffs.

Tip time tonight is 8pm and Hayward admits he is a little nervous about the first game that counts. He was relatively mild on offense, taking just seven shots after attempting 10.5 a game last season (though that latter figure came without Hayward for all but five minutes and without Irving after March 11). Plus he's been dealing with some back soreness.

Now even though Hayward will be looking to start the season off strong I think that Celtics fans need to manage their expectations. "When you finally get the results you've been working hard for, it's just that much better".

Hayward, who was on a minutes restriction, played just under 25 minutes and scored ten points on 4 of 12 shooting from the field.

Based on what we've seen from Tatum thus far, the sky's the limit.

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"I just kept reminding him that we nearly swept them", Tatum said.

Jayson Tatum scored 23 points while Marcus Morris added 16 from the bench in the 2018-19 season's first game on Tuesday.

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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. The guard had a poor night as he went 0-11 from the field before ending the night with 2-14, while his three point shooting also was equally bad as he went 1-8 from beyond the arc for a 17.9 FG percent.

With Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward returning to the lineup, the TD Garden should be rowdy and rocking for the Celtics home opener.

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The Bulls backup point guard situation will be in dire straits all season, with no established veteran behind Kris Dunn. "The depth, that's the most special part about this team".

Before Tuesday's game, Simmons said he didn't consider the Celtics his team's biggest rival.

The curious case of Fultz's missing jumper continued against the Bulls when one of the more scrutinized players in the National Basketball Association managed to steal the spotlight from his more accomplished teammates with routine - yet highlight-reel worthy - baskets.

One of those teammates was Ben Simmons.

They have a duo in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons that is ready to dominate right now, with more young pieces that should be able to round them out into a balanced and deep team that does not need to rely exclusively on star power.

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