Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 24 points as the Boston Celtics cruised past the Charlotte Hornets in Joe Mazzulla’s first outing as head coach of the 17-time NBA champions.
TD Garden welcomed the reigning Eastern Conference champions back home on Sunday afternoon in Boston’s first preseason game ahead of the upcoming 2022-23 campaign and the team didn’t disappoint.
Jaylen Brown shot 8/11 from the field including 3/5 from downtown for 24 points, five rebounds, and one assist in just 23 minutes. His sidekick, Jayson Tatum, added 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists to lead the Celtics to an emphatic 134-93 win.
love watching this combo 😍 pic.twitter.com/jXYQ9tMYQf
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 2, 2022
Interim head coach Joe Mazzulla enjoyed a dream start to life as Celtics boss, and new signing Malcolm Brogdon heaped praise on the 34-year-old’s coaching style.
“He’s not a yeller; he’s not a screamer. He’s very deliberate; he’s very direct. He’s not a guy that’s going to over-talk you and tell you too much because he wants you to go out and have a clear mind. He’s going to be very direct and very honest with what he expects from you, which I think is everything an NBA player wants in a coach.”
Boston has a chip on their shoulder this year after a 4-2 defeat in the NBA Finals in June at the hands of Steph Curry’s Golden State Warriors, but a less-than-ideal offseason has raised questions over whether the team can replicate last season’s success.
All-Defensive center Robert Williams will miss 2-3 months after undergoing knee surgery which kept him out of a handful of playoff games against the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Miami Heat.
Free agent signing Danilo Gallinari ruptured his ACL whilst playing for Italy in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers this summer and has begun rehab ahead of a possible return in the 2023 playoffs, however there is no timeframe for a return at this moment.
Boston recently added Blake Griffin on a one-year minimum deal which offers the team enhanced depth at the forward position and adds veteran leadership to a contending side.
The Celtics are sure to be a leading candidate to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy next June, but face strong opposition from the likes of the Warriors, Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Phoenix Suns.
Looking for some action ahead of the upcoming NBA season? Check out the best NBA betting sites.
Content You May Like
- Best NBA Betting Sites – Discover our list of the best sites to bet on NBA games.
- NBA Futures Betting – Find NBA futures odds, strategies and betting sites.
- Free Expert NBA Picks – Our NBA experts are sharing their daily betting picks and predictions.
- Best NBA Futures Bets – In-depth guide about NBA futures bets.
- NBA Betting Strategies – Learn the best strategies to bet on NBA.
- NBA Live Betting – Top rated NBA live betting sites and offers.
- Best Online Sportsbooks – We tested and reviewed the best US betting sites.
- Best Offshore Betting Sites – List of offshore betting sites with the best offers.
- Best Online Gambling Sites – We reviewed the best gambling sites to gamble online.
- NBA Draft Betting – Everything you need to know about NBA draft betting.
- NBA Teams – Read more about the NBA teams, their stats, rosters and salaries .
- Spurs sign forward Alize Johnson, waive rookie Jordan Hall
- Malcolm Brogdon ‘Happy’ To Be On The Celtics This Season
- Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns suffers calf strain injury
- Magics’ Guard Markelle Fultz Available To Make Season Debut On Wednesday
- Kevin Durant on whether crowd ‘MVP’ chants motivate him: ‘Nah, not really. I’ve been there, done that.’
NBA 1 week ago
NBA Betting Odds And Picks Tonight: NBA Best Bets For Monday 11/21
Main Page 1 week ago
WATCH: Giannis Antetokounmpo shoves ladder after loss to 76ers
NBA 2 weeks ago
NBA Player Prop Picks Tonight: De’Aaron Fox Over 1.5 Three-Pointers Leads Our Best Bets
NBA 6 days ago
Derrick Rose Could Be Traded To ‘Surprise’ Team Emerging With Interest