Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

76ers lack top talent depth to keep up with Celtics

76ers lack top talent depth to keep up with Celtics

- LeBron James left the Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics next game will be against another Eastern Conference powerhouse, the Toronto Raptors on Friday Oct 19.

He talked about Tatum's greatness, how fortunate the Celtics are, and how much he enjoys going toe-to-toe against the second-year forward.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Boston only needed five games to punch its ticket into the Eastern Conference Finals and tensions were high between the two teams as guys like Joel Embiid and Marcus Morris exchanged words on and off the court. And it ended up going in. Off-the-record (and occasionally on it), every team that does the NBA's annual preseason trip to China complains when they get back about how it throws them off for weeks into the regular season. Everybody's been talking about Gordon being gone for twelve months, but Kyrie's been out for six. Hayward suffered the fracture after he went up for a pass and landed awkwardly on his ankle. You don't miss a year of competitive basketball and pick up where you left off.

In the preseason, Hayward showed positive signs for a comeback. Look for that progression to continue in the regular season.

"We played a lot of 1-on-1 and I was kicking his ass but you know I love him". Cue the wild applause.

In his post-game interview, Hayward thanked God, his family, and his teammates for sticking with him over the previous year, saying he'll lean on them again as challenges arise throughout the season.

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The 76ers answered with 10 straight to get back into the contest, but Boston pulled away later in the stanza. But knowing Irving now has two healthy knees, it's hard not to think about it. He could easily start the season off averaging 20-plus points per game. We all know that Simmons will likely never be an even average 3-point shooter, and Embiid shot a terrible 25 percent from the 3-point line last season despite a career-high 214 attempts. It's nearly certain the Celtics will suffer their share of sprained ankles and twisted knees and elbow-induced bumps and bruises.

In the playoffs last year, Celtics fans took issue with Ben Simmons being considered the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award because he was drafted in 2017 and sat out his first year with a foot injury.

"That is No. 1 on my list [Tuesday], to see him back out there after having seen him fall, " said Harlan. If Boston falls early in the playoffs chaos will ensue.

"I'm planning on playing him, and if he feels good he'll be ready to go", Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau said after an abbreviated practice on Tuesday, before the team departed for the airport for the trip.

This is not really a concern for the Celtics because we all know the kind of player that he is and since this is only his first game since the surgery, things are expected to be just fine.

Take Terry Rozier. He proved himself as a starting point guard in Irving's absence. But few coaches can build chemistry and keep egos in check the way Stevens can.

Can Fultz become this team's best second string shot creator at this point?

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