But there was also the part where none of this mattered a damn to the outcome. "It's encouraging for our group". Post-interview Hayward was radiating joy-he was just happy to be out there at all.
Here we are, opening night!
Irving returned to the starting lineup for the first time since March 11 when he suffered a knee injury that ended his 2017-18 campaign early.
"We go back to that psychological stability with him", Brown said.
The Celts shot 36.5 percent in the first half, which allowed the 76ers to hang around at least numerically for a while.
"I'm still learning", he said. "I don't know our record against them but it's pretty bad, they always kick our ass so it's not a rivalry. I think you'll definitely see that fire".
Alright folks, we've settled it once and for all.
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Meanwhile, the 76ers come in looking for revenge and with a lot to prove.
"[The injury] definitely crossed my mind ... just tried to get that out of my head as soon as I started playing and as soon as you're out on the court some of that disappears".
He and Kyrie Irving are both back healthy, as the Celtics are legit contenders in the east this year. Boston is -4 over Philadelphia. Not his fault, but the results were highlight plays for the Celtics. Everybody's got to defend.
Outside of his performance, Fultz's biggest problem is the player taken with third pick in the 2017 draft, Jayson Tatum - the pick the Sixers had before they traded for Fultz. This matchup may very well come up again in the playoffs and if Horford and Baynes can continue to push Embiid off rhythm, the 76ers will have a much harder hill to climb. Hayward did not even make it out of the first quarter of the first game past year, but he returned to score 10 points with five rebounds and four steals.
But the big man was big inside with five blocks.
"I wouldn't call it a rivalry just yet", Marcus Smart said. "My focus is really on defense". Feel free to browse through the following link dump for coverage on your favorite team's most likely trade candidates, breakout candidates, predictions, individual player goals and much, much more! Going through warm-ups for sure I was having flashbacks. "I was just so hyped up to play". One of Fultz's best attributes in college, and the main reason he seemed like the ideal player to put next to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, was his ability to hit pull-up jumpers from mid-to-three-point range.