The Celtics got 70 points from their dynamic duo, and Steph Curry cooked the Lakers on ring night.
tatum, brown combine for 70
The Boston Celtics started their season on a high note, scoring a 126-117 victory over Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers.
- With wing play becoming more and more emphasized, it’s a luxury that the Celtics have two of the best in the league today. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 70 points (35 apiece) against the Sixers. The Celtics dynamic duo both eclipsed 20 shot attempts in the win, and that could be the norm for them this season.
- With the injured Robert Williams III sitting out probably until the second half of the season, look for the Celtics to increase their pace this season. They ranked at the bottom half of the league in pace last season, but with a small starting lineup of Al Horford at the five and Tatum at the four, the Celtics may show more of their running game. We may also see Grant Williams starting when they face bigger frontcourts like the Gobert-Towns towers in Minnesota. After failing to reach a contact extension with the C’s in the offseason, Williams has plenty to prove this season, and had a good start today (15 points on 3-of-3 3PT shooting).
- Despite the loss, this game could be an indicator that the Sixers’ offense will click this season. James Harden (35 points, 7 assists) looks more aggressive, Tyrese Maxey (21 points, 50% FG) is scoring at will when he’s primarily involved in the offense, and Joel Embiid (26 points) will have his way every night. The defense didn’t look impressive against the Celtics, but the Sixers have a full year to work on it and they have the tools to be good on that end.
Curry, Warriors Easily Put Away Lakers
The Golden State Warriors couldn’t ask for a better start to the season, receiving their championship rings and hacking out a 123-109 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
- It’s going to be a long season for players tasked to defend Steph Curry. The reigning Finals MVP produced a game-high 33 points, torching the Lakers in a variety of ways. Whether it be a four-point play, a fadeaway from the post, or this tomfoolery against Anthony Davis, Curry was on-point today.
- A healthy Anthony Davis is a Top 5-caliber player in the league, and LeBron James showed today that this isn’t the year we’ll see a decline in his production. But the Lakers will have to figure out how to provide adequate spacing for their two stars. Russell Westbrook, Patrick Beverley, and Lonnie Walker IV — the three players that started alongside AD and LeBron — combined for 2-of-11 from the three-point line. Overall, the Lakers shot 25% from three (10-of-40) with James and Kendrick Nunn the only Laker players to hit more than one triple. The Lakers have another tough task on the horizon, as they face Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers on October 21.