Celtics vs. 76ers: Kyrie Irving Struggles, Joel Embiid Dismisses Rivalry With Boston

Terry Rozier Joel Embiid

Terry Rozier Joel Embiid

BEN Simmons proved his rookie year was no fluke with a stellar performance in the opening game of the National Basketball Association season but it wasn't enough to prevent a thumping at the hands of eastern conference rivals Boston.

Hayward was playing limited minutes as he adjusts to being back after a year of rehabilitation, sharing time with Australian Aron Baynes for at least the season's first couple of weeks. As Bulls fans, we aren't exactly thinking championship this season, but this year should still be a lot more fun than a year ago. Plus he's been dealing with some back soreness.

"I think any shot I'm taking is a great shot - unless it's double-contested or Embiid is meeting me at the rim", he said with a laugh.

The Celtics, on the other hand, have an abundance of talent and last night just reinforced how hard it's going to be for Brad Stevens to get shots for everybody.

"We were excited to have (Gordon) and Kyrie back", Tatum said. I felt when he was shooting the ball, they kept going under middle pick-and-rolls. However, as the year progresses Gordon Hayward will not be happy averaging 10 points per game Celtics and Kyrie Irving didn't even reach double figures on Tuesday night (7 points) so he's got to be a little tight.

In his post-game interview, Hayward thanked God, his family, and his teammates for sticking with him over the a year ago, saying he'll lean on them again as challenges arise throughout the season.

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If you didn't watch the game, you might think Brown was talking about a player who scored 20 points and knocked down a few clutch shots. "It was a big step for me".

It was Irving's lowest in a game since joining the Celtics, but it does exclude the game last October when he played just two minutes.

Irving said he felt great throughout the game and considered each shot he took a good one.

The Celtics held a 47-42 lead at halftime, then steadily increased it the rest of the way as the defense got better.

Saric connected on an early three-point play to cap a 10-0 run and extend the Sixers' advantage to 77-61 slightly more than three minutes into the third quarter.

The Celtics didn't play particularly well in their season-opening victory over the 76ers. After an underwhelming offseason of signings, Philadelphia's young stars, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, are looking to prove they belong in the East's top tier, even if they didn't bring in much help in the summer'. You can make the case Embiid and Simmons were the most prominent players on the court on either team, but that was no where near enough and they were effective.

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