Instant over-reactions from Celtics (105) – Sixers (87).
Jayson Tatum led the way for the Celtics with 23 points and nine rebounds, and the Celtics beat the 76ers 105-87. The Celtics dominated the Sixers on opening night. Embiid is right, it’s not a rivalry – the Celtics are way better than the Sixers.
A couple of quick notes:
Celtics: The Celtics are going to lead the league in wins this year. The Celtics are DEEP – they they have nine guys that can give them quality minutes. They dominated last night’s game even with off nights from Kyrie and Hayward. This team is going to be a ton of fun to watch this year. My biggest question for them is who gets the ball in crunch time? It’s going to be Kyrie. He’s proven it on the biggest stage but are we sure it shouldn’t he Tatum? Must be nice.
Sixers: Who do the Sixers go to when they need a basket? Embiid is obviously their guy but what about on nights he’s not feeling it? Horford did an excellent job on Embiid last night (he always does). They don’t have a single guy on that team, besides Embiid, that can create his own shot. That worries me, especially come playoff time. The Sixers bench is going to be awful this year (Reddick needs to start over Fultz). Hopefully Wilson Chandler can provide some quality minutes when he returns from injury.
Markelle Fultz: What the hell is wrong with him? It was painful to watch him out there last night. It’s so obvious that he’s only comfortable shooting from one spot on the floor -the top of the key. The Sixers can’t play Simmons and Fultz together; neither can shoot and it’s obvious the Sixers struggle with the two of them together on the court. Fultz finished the night with a +/- of -16 last night, the worst on the team. I’m officially worried about Markelle Fultz.
Kyrie Irving: Kyrie finished with only 7 points last night, shooting 2-14 from the floor. You can tell Kyrie was going through the motions last night. We didn’t see his typical dribble – crossover finish at the cup once last night. To be honest, I didn’t even notice Kyrie out there last night. I know that he’s played in big time games but its opening night. He should be up for opening night, especially after a six month layoff. It’s obviously an overreaction but Kyrie looked disinterested for most of the night. Are we sure Kyrie is going to stay in Boston?
Jayson Tatum: Mfer is a superstar. I’m going to say it, Tatum has a CHANCE to be a top three player in the league.
Jaylen Brown: He didn’t dunk on Embiid – everyone calm down.