On Friday night, the Boston Celtics earned their first win of the season over the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-92, in Philadelphia.
In what was a sloppy performance by both teams and the officials, the Celtics managed to pull away late in the fourth quarter to get a much-needed win before a three-day break.
Here are our five takeaways from Friday night:
- The Celtics need to practice their free throws — the team shot a woeful 22 for 32 from the charity stripe on Friday night. Blame it on what you want — how young the players are, nerves, pressure, etc. — but for a team that’s going to need to rely on easy baskets, that needs to be fixed immediately.
- The Celtics aren’t that bad of a rebounding team thanks to their young, athletic players. The Celts out rebounded the 76ers 55 to 47 and mostly thanks to guys like Terry Rozier (7 rebounds), Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown (8 rebounds each).
- Our favorite play of the night was when head coach Brad Stevens sent Guerschon Yabusele in with less than two minutes in the first half just to foul 76ers rookie Ben Simmons. It sent Simmons to the line where he made 1 of 2 free throws.
- The 76ers Dario Saric was a trainwreck. He had six turnovers and five fouls. It seemed like every time he touched the ball he was getting called for traveling.
- More than any other team in the league, the Celtics have earned these next three days off. And luckily, they get the lowly New York Knicks on Tuesday night.