Jeff Teague was superb on a home debut, Brown was superb and Jayson Tatum sealed the deal.
The Boston Celtics kicked off a shortened 2020-21 season in front of the Milwaukee Bucks at home in front of an empty TD Garden. As for the night owls, this was definitely weird. The PA played artificial audience noises throughout as the Celtics paid tribute to legendary broadcaster, coach and player Tommy Heinsohn from the start.
In a special gesture, the franchise made sure that the team wore the famous green Kelly jerseys from Boston and the word TOMMY over the undershirt collar in honor of the legendary, larger than life Celtics star Tommy Heinsohn.
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In Celtics’ first offensive possession, Smart was a good pass for newcomer Tristan Thompson, who scored his first points as Celtic. The dissatisfaction Boston showed in the preseason was evident early on as both teams assessed each other. With both teams adding new players, the early game was less than great. Donte DiVincenzo was crucial in getting Milwaukee up to speed early on and scoring a pair of threes with 8 points in the first 6 minutes.
Jeff Teague, a newcomer to Boston, came on the bench as an energetic spark when he encountered a pair of threesomes. Grant Williams also made for some banking cores that hit his own three-pointers as Boston caught up with Milwaukee 34-31. As the neighborhood came to an end, the Bank of Boston gave a boost. Here Grant Williams kicked the ball away from Connaughton and Jaylen Brown found Teague at every turn to knock down the three-point transition basket.
With NBA basketball back, the bizarre referee decisions were also back. A missed goal from Giannis followed by a significant backcourt injury highlighted by the penultimate decision on the Head Scratcher – an offensive foul known as Celtics Grant Williams that earned Robert Williams III a clean lob and a goal to the an AND-1 decision was denied.
Jeff Teague’s hot pre-season form continued into the second as he approached Boston with 10 points. Jaylen Brown struggled with his offensive play early on and tried to turn things around on the other end with an excellent chase block on the fiery DiVicenzo. The result for Boston was a Semi Ojeleye EURO STEP basket in transition (no, that’s not a typo).
Boston gave up 16 quick breakpoints in the first half before jamming D, forcing 8 Milwaukee turnovers while making a 10-0 run to take the lead as Jayson Tatum ended the first Half-time sat on the bench. Jaylen Brown’s second triple of the game on Summer and his 10th. Point in a row for Boston, the Celtics led the break with 64-59.
The Bucks came out hungry in game three when All-Stars Middelton and Giannis crashed into the scoreboard and instantly took down baskets, bringing the Bucks back into the lead. Marcus would hold his own in Smart’s jersey numbers on a Giannis Pivot when he turned the prosecution and the 2nd. Foul of the Greek citizen drew. Less than two minutes later, Smart would again file a crucial indictment against Giannis, giving Coach Bud the option to either bench the MVP or leave him with three personals.
With the momentum shifting to Boston, Brown and Teague have continued to expand Boston’s lead by double digits. With a series of rhythm three-pointers from Jayson Tatum, Boston extended the lead to 101-84. The second was beautiful as he rated Giannis one on one and stepped back to take a deep look.
Boston took its foot off the pedal in the opening of the fourth when Middleton came to life and hit large buckets to claw himself back in. From then on it was a classic back and forth fight. One could forgive oneself that this was only the first game of the season, it was so intense.
Grant Williams pulled Giannis’ fourth foul, Tristan Thompson took to the streets and scored a big 1-1 bucket. Giannis (34 points), however, was the story of the 4th. , who lost 15 points in the fourth quarter before the 6-minute mark, which was reflected in a 23-8 run from Milwaukee to get 113 apiece back.
The Bucks and Celtics both had heavy legs late on as both showed signs of fatigue. A Jaylen Brown (33 points) floater Layin and Jayson Tatum (30 points, 6-13 points) meet mid-rangers to take the 119-117 lead. The new summer signing for Milwaukee Jrue Holiday (25 points) quietly sank a three-pointer on the other end to regain the lead between 120 and 119.
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