He drained a three-pointer to make it 59-47 with 9:03 left, the basket representing his first in 10 shots.
The 24-year-old is now ready to chase the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards. "I don't know if my friends in Indianapolis are all that excited about it, but I think when you're in the East and here in Boston and Philly, the history of the Boston-Philly rivalry and certainly all the great games that have been played, it's exciting for us that are involved for sure in these two cities". They score the ball. Gordon Hayward had 10 points on four-of-12 shooting and notched four steals in 25 minutes in his first regular-season game since badly breaking his left ankle in last season's opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Celtics will need time to figure out how to get the most out of their loaded roster this season.
"It was awesome to be out there on the court again for a regular-season game, " said Hayward. Irving missed his first eight shots and ended the night 2-of-14 from the floor.
The No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, he missed 68 games with a shoulder injury and was plagued by shooting issues and confidence problems.
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Kang was not specific but her comments fueled speculation Washington wasn't fully on board before Seoul signed the agreement. Kim's grandfather, North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung, visited Mongolia when it was still a Soviet state in 1988.
It starts with Markelle Fultz - his New and improved jumper is simply not a threat, defenders are backing off of him because of it, and Fultz is not yet confident attacking into that space. So, like I said, I have to rebuild the strength.
Boston leaned on Tatum (28.6 percent usage rate, higher than he ever had playing with Irving last year) and the fact they were willing to go to him is a good sign. That's how I am approaching it. Overall, the Sixers committed 11 turnovers over that span. Philly had a 16.5 turnovers per game average last season, and it seems they haven't improved a lot on that area. "It's inevitable he will have ups and downs".
There was another positive on the night for the Celtics as Gordon Hayward made his TD Garden debut after sitting out nearly the entire 2017-18 campaign with a foot injury. They mocked the Sixers guard by chanting "not a rookie" and greeted Tatum with chants of "he's a rookie".
"Everybody we play", he insisted. The Sixers big man is obviously exhausted of losing to the Celtics, so here's to hoping they can add a tally to the win column on Christmas.
"Greatness takes time", he said.