Three takeaways from the Celtics' opening-night win over the 76ers

BOSTON MA.- SEPTEMBER 25 Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics right talks with Jayson Tatum #0 during a preseason workout at the Boston Celtics' Auerbach Center training facility in Boston Massachusetts

"I think everybody's adrenaline was pumping".

That appeared to be the intent of Stevens when he went to Baynes in place of All-Star Gordon Hayward - who is on a minute restriction to start the season coming off last year's dislocated ankle and fractured leg - to start the second half Tuesday night.

Celtics superstar Kyrie Irving started his night 0-for-8 from the field and finished with seven points on a 2-for-14 night.

Hayward missed his first four shots before making back-to-back jumpers.

So the Sixers want him to incorporate more of what they call "bully ball" into his game this season.

By half-time the Australian had almost notched a double-double - having stuffed the stats sheet to the tune of 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block. It's a Boston team that's loaded with talent and players that have to play.

"And just really getting a sense of playing for the Boston Celtics again".

It wasn't just Tatum that was working in Boston.

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Marcus Morris added 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. He is the glue that makes the whole thing work.

Last season, the Sixers outscored opponents by 268 points in 601 minutes when Redick was on the floor with the other starters, per NBA Advanced Statistics. We have confidence in everyone who is putting up the shot that it's the best shot for the team.

Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both returned to the court after injuries derailed them previous year.

Fultz did not start a game as a rookie. What that leads to is a clogged halfcourt offense.

They have a duo in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons that is ready to dominate right now, with more young pieces that should be able to round them out into a balanced and deep team that does not need to rely exclusively on star power.

Joel Embiid scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the 76ers while Ben Simmons, the Australian guard and reigning Rookie of the Year, contributed 19 points.

These two teams do have some history between them, but the Kevin Durant drama has mostly died out at this point. But watching the success T.J. Plus, sacrificing for the good of the team is a lot easier when you're winning, which the Celtics should do lots this season (60, 61, 62, 63, 64 wins, anyone?), and when your goal is an National Basketball Association title. "I'm excited to play against him for a long time". Philly, who they had no issues with a year ago, will be the first team to take them on this season. In that starting role, Schroder was up and down - defensively he was asked to track Stephen Curry at times and Steph dropped 32 on the night. They combined for 22 points on 11-of-18 shooting, to go with 13 rebounds, four assists and five blocks.

Things were not ideal - he shot 4-of-12 from the midrange, which is both a low percentage and too many shots from there - but the potential is there. And on the Thunder side, we'll get our first look at their new point guard Dennis Schroder. The Celtics also ousted Philadelphia in a five-game, second-round playoff series last spring.

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