Hayward put 'dark memories' behind him with Celtics return

Joel Embiid: Celtics vs Sixers Isn’t A Rivalry, “They Always Kick Our Ass”

Looking deep and risky, the Celtics claimed an early edge as the Eastern Conference favourites with this victory. "When I'm out there, I'm going to be playing hard, hard as I can".

"This not a rivalry", he said.

"I just kept reminding him that we nearly swept them", Tatum said. "They always kick our".

Jayson Tatum spoke to the media following Tuesday's opening night win against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden.

It was something we've seen before, the Sixers slogging offensively (they shot 39.1 percent from the field, and were 5-for-26 from the 3-point line) in a loss to the Celtics, which is now their 19th in their last 22 games against Boston.

There's no need to panic one game into the season if you're Philadelphia.

The Celtics led by five at half-time and pushed the margin to eight when Irving hit two free throws for his first points of the game with 10min 46sec left in the third quarter.

Simmons said the biggest difference between the Celtics and Sixers last season was playoff experience and now the Sixers have some. Not his fault, but the results were highlight plays for the Celtics. However, the eight-year veteran will have limited playing time, according to coach Brad Stevens.

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Joel gonna have that Tatum wink as his phone lock screen wallpaper until they play again, you better believe that... What they have is playmakers, shot-takers.

Pregame jitters quickly melted away for Hayward, who was introduced in front of Boston fans for the first time since signing a max contract last offseason.

"Definitely a little anxious, just a little bit nervous".

"If we can guard like that, we've got a chance to be decent", he said. He also touches on Markelle Fultz's less-then-stellar outing.

Damian Jones and Kevon Looney didn't just hold their own, they actually turned heads with how well the centre combo played.

They got something for nothing. The 20-year-old finished the night with 23 points and nine rebounds as they recorded a dominating win over the 76ers. He had a similar game against the Orlando Magic but has since taken the foot off the pedal for the last two.

Jones started and logged 27 minutes, while Looney came off the bench for 18 minutes. Brown explained his reasoning before the game. It has been a long road to recovery but Gordon credits his wife, Robyn Hayward, for helping him find the motivation to get back on the basketball court. "He could be captain of that challenge, that mindset".

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