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

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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.

With days to go before the start of the regular season, the Boston Celtics' sophomore star had a hard day of practice as the team prepared for the long road that they hope culminates in a championship.

Rivalries form in the playoffs and last year the Celtics played the Sixers in the postseason for the first time since 2012, the last time Philadelphia had reached the postseason, and only the third time in 33 years. It sounds insane to even think about a game that far away, but the end of December will be here before basketball fans know it.

Boston Celtics are now on a ten-match winning streak over Philadelphia 76ers at home. The Celtics pulled away for a 105-87 victory against the 76ers, and for the first time in a year, Hayward escaped a game without injury. But with Boston taking seven of their last nine matchups, Embiid said it really isn't much of a rivalry at all.

Jaylen Brown had 12 points, Al Horford added nine points and five blocked shots and Gordon Hayward contributed 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with four steals in his return after breaking his left leg in last year's season opener.

It was step one in what figures to be an entertaining season now that Hayward and Irving have rejoined a team that went to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. I think the guys understand that in order for us to be the best that we can, everybody's got to buy in. I knew what to expect.

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

He admitted to having flashbacks about what happened on opening night last season in Cleveland, when he was injured going up for a lob pass against the Cavaliers in the opening minutes. But if you make him see multiple defenders and force him to be unsettled, you can harass him into poor shooting nights like Boston did (Embiid shot 9-for-21 on Tuesday night).

Joel Embiid had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia.

"I mean, Kyrie's never going to have a game like that, probably".

It's especially tough on Embiid, the gum-flapping, oft-tweeting big man who called Celtics center Aron Baynes "man bun" during the playoffs past year. Meanwhile, the Celtics will head north of the border for a Friday night matchup against Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors.

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