The Celtics started the game by picking up right where they left off on Wednesday putting together an impressive 12-0 run to close out the first quarter giving them a slight 21-20 lead. Apparently the Bill Simmons coined “Riggins for Wiggins” doesn’t begin until the regular season does, as the young Sixers outscored the Celtics 34-17 to close the half 54-38.
The third and fourth quarters saw much of the same for the green as they just could not find the hoop. Despite non-selfish play, lots of passing, and some good open looks, things literally were not falling Boston’s way. The C’s had trouble capitalizing on turnovers – of which there were many- and were out rebounded by the Sixers all night.
Despite another frustrating night of searching for the Contra Code of line ups for the Celtics, there were a few bright spots to keep in mind:
- Gerald Wallace’s veteran leadership WILL be a positive influence this season
- Phil Pressey continuing to impress on both sides of the ball
- Jared Sullinger has adopted the KG post whistle shot block
Things to work on:
- Fast break points
- Capitalizing on mistakes
- Offensive rebounding Interior defense
The tempo of tonight’s game was not what Brad Stevens had drawn up, but during Project: Reboot, Boston is going to get games like this. The Celtics will get a shot at their thus far elusive first win tomorrow night in New Hampshire against the New York Knicks.
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