Philadelphia 76ers Get a Convincing Win Over the Boston Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers started their NBA season with a convincing victory over the Boston Celtics 107-93.

76ers’s point guard Ben Simmons, had a dominant performance scoring 24 points, grabbing 8 rebounds, and dishing out 9 assists.

Both teams played extremely hard and demonstrated why there was so much buzz, plus anticipation within NBA circles for this particular matchup.

Simmons appeared eager to showcase all of his offensive weaponry he worked on this past off-season. He punished the Boston Celtics guards Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart down low on the blocks whenever switches occurred. He finished strong when driving to the basket and his overall management of facilitating the offense was outstanding. As a result, all five 76er starters finished with double-digit points.

The Celtics’ on offensive functioned in a very stagnant state and was reduced to taking long jump shots or simply relying on one-on-one matchups to generate points. So much so at times, I pondered whether I was watching summer tournament play at Malcolm X Park in Roxbury, then opening night in the NBA. Especially in the first half of the contest.

From the first Celtics’ possession, it was clear small forward Jason Tatum, was highly encouraged by players and coaches to be aggressive on offense. Tatum took heed and shot 10 of his 22 field goal attempts of the game, in the first quarter. Tatum finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds shooting 8 for 22 from the field and 4 for 8 from 3 point land.

Celtic’s shooting guard Gordon Hayward showed some promise scoring 25 points, while newly acquired point guard Kemba Walker struggled to get into his offensive groove. Small forward Jaylen Brown, finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds. His foul trouble and absence on the floor proved certainly costly.

Needless to say, lackluster results were produced as the Celtics on a whole, shot an unsavory 37-85(43.5%) from the field and 7-29(24.1%) from the 3 point line. 

Philadelphia 76ers’ defense was tough and their energy grew stronger as the game progressed. Former Celtics power forward/center Al Horford, was solid all game and was exhibiting for all his teammates to mimic, what championship basketball looks like. Furthermore, Joel Embiid, showed tremendous resiliency playing through a busted lip and still managed to score 15 points plus grab 13 rebounds in only 23 minutes on the court.

Celtics’ defense was also very demanding but was not dependable. 76ers simply continued exploiting the Celtics’ lack of interior defense and size down low. In spite of this, Enes Kanter looks like he will be a valuable addition on both ends of the court. Kanter played tenacious defense and contributed 12 points and 6 rebounds.

All in all, what a wonderful way to start the season. The NBA is back and these two teams are scheduled to be in the thick of things.

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