Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers Preseason Recap

Boston Celtics Basketball is back! Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers preseason game didn’t go exactly how the Celtics wanted it, with the 76ers beating the Celtics 108-99. Boston’s starters struggled to find a rhythm in the limited minutes they saw, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both did not have bright performances in the preseason opener, with Tatum putting up 10 points four rebounds. In comparison, Jaylen Brown had five points and eight rebounds.

They were combined, shot about 20% from the field, and went 1-9 from the 3-point range. Definitely don’t worry at all about both of their performances though, both of them and most of the Celtics squad are getting out of offseason mode and re-adjusting to competitive play. It will be interesting to see how coach Brad Stevens uses Tatum and Brown in the second preseason game if he uses them. 

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers Game Overview

The Celtics found themselves in a hole early down by 10 at the end of the first quarter, thanks to a good start from Joel Embiid and the Sixers and a rough start from the Celtics. Jeff Teague led the Celtics in a bounce-back second quarter with nine points which he got all from the three-ball.

Teague, who had never had more than four 3-pointers in a game in his entire career, had four tonight in his first game in green. Boston ended the half only down by 6. The Sixers took back their 10 point lead by the end of the third quarter, dominated by Philly guard Shake Milton who had 15 points. For Boston, Jeff Teague had nine points in what ended up being his final quarter of the game.

First-round pick Payton Pritchard showed why the Celtics used a first-round draft pick on him with his 12 point fourth quarter. Although the stat sheet will show Boston only lost by nine, throughout the entire final quarter it felt like the 76ers were completely blowing out Boston. There were a few points where that actually was the case, the Sixer’s biggest lead in the fourth was 15 points. Even though it was just a preseason game the 76ers proved that they are a team to watch out for and you can’t forget about this season. 

The New Guys

One of the main reasons people watch preseason basketball is to watch the rookies and other new players on the team. We didn’t get to see any of Tristian Thompson in the first preseason game due to an injury that could possibly keep him out for the opening night.

We did get to get to see Jeff Teague however and what we saw from him was great. The veteran point guard had 18 points in 18 minutes of playtime off the bench. Teague showed that he can definitely fill in for the injured Kemba Walker, who is expected to miss a few weeks. Teague shot the ball really well shooting at 77.8% while going four of four from three. 

Now onto the rookies, the Celtics first-rounder Aaron Nesmith did not get any playing time in the first half but got to play for most of the second half. In Nesmith’s first game in green he had eight points and five rebounds, the Vandy guard did not perform as well as expected from three going one for five from deep.

Probably the most exciting part of the game for Celtics fans was the performance from rookie Payton Pritchard. The former Oregon Duck had 16 points, four rebounds, and two assists and shot 60% while dropping two threes on six attempts. With Kemba out to start the season, Pritchard will see some increased minutes, hopefully, he can keep playing as he did in this game. Just like with Tatum and Brown, it will be interesting to see how Stevens uses Pritchard and Nesmith in preseason game two. 

Celtics Preseason Schedule

Due to the shorter season, Boston only has two preseason games this season, the Celtics will face off against the Nets on Thursday night in their final preseason game, that game will be at 8 pm EST and on ESPN2. 

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Sam Connors
Sam has been writing for Overtime Heroics since June of 2020, he currently is a writer for the Boston Celtics. Sam also helps run the Overtime Heroics Celtics Twitter account.

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