Philadelphia 76ers: 3 takeaways from season-opening loss to Boston Celtics

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As we always post in our app (iOS/Android), here are grades and breakdowns for each Sixers player's performance in the team's 105-87 season-opening loss to the Boston Celtics.

The first game of the National Basketball Association season was in Boston, where Jayson Tatum scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds while reserve Marcus Morris added 16 points and 10 rebounds as the host Celtics ripped Philadelphia 105-87. They combined for 22 points on 11-of-18 shooting, to go with 13 rebounds, four assists and five blocks.

The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year's game involved no-look, behind-the-back and off-the-ground passes, slashes to the basket, dunks and jump hook shots. Joel Embiid was an occasional black hole who committed five turnovers, but the big fella still had impressive moments.

Warriors 108, Celtics 100: Stephen Curry had 32 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Kevin Durant added 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors opened their quest for a three-peat by holding off the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100 on Tuesday night in Oakland. Gordon Hayward had 10 points in his return to action after an one-year absence.

The 76ers' Australian rookie Jonah Bolden was brought on in the final minute and did not take a shot.

The Celtics are favored to win the conference and the Sixers and Raptors are expected to be their chief competition.

"It was wonderful to be out there on the court again for a regular-season game".

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Hayward said it was "amazing" to be back out there.

The NBA is finally back and even though there's still a lot of games ahead of us, most fans are already looking forward to the playoffs, especially considering how much things have changed throughout the offseason.

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

Irving missed all eight of his first-half attempts and finished with just seven points on 2-of-14 shooting, while Hayward - playing his first regular-season game in a year since his gruesome ankle injury - had 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he isn't anxious.

One of the biggest changes for Philadelphia entering the new season is the insertion of second-year guard Markelle Fultz into the starting lineup. "I think as long as I can do things when I'm out there on the court that can help us get wins, then I'll be happy".

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