Celtics Begin the 2018-19 Campaign at 2-1
Boston, Massachusetts - The first three games of the 2018-19 Boston Celtics season are in the books and the team seems to have gotten off to a slightly sluggish start. The offense has routinely put up over one hundred points, but the defense has left a lot to be desired, but I'm willing to bet that the problems with the team right now are just the kinks that will be ironed out as the season moves along and the team begins to gel in the right way. Currently, there are a lot of weapons on the team and Brad Stevens just needs to strike the right balance between all of the Celtics stars and that's why there are eighty-two games to play. You cannot decide a team's fate off of the first three games and even if you could, 2-1 is not a record to shake a stick at.
The team is currently second in the Atlantic Division behind the 3-0 Toronto Raptors, but the Celtics will have their chance against their foes again. For now, it really has been the Jayson Tatum show for Boston as he leads the team with 33.7 minutes per game, in which he's racked up 21 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game, both of which lead the team. (Kyrie Irving leads the assists brigade with 6 per game.)
The first game of the season saw the Celtics down the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA opener by a score of 105-87. Tatum put up 23 points in the affair, leading the team, but the entire starting lineup (which has been long celebrated during the off-season) put up some respectable numbers. Irving put up 7 points, along with 7 assists, coming off of his knee injury from last year. Jaylen Brown and Al Horford combined for 21 points and 9 assists. And Gordon Hayward, returning from a leg injury that sidelined him for all of the the 2017-18 season that he sustained in last year's season opener, scored 12 with 5 rebounds and 4 steals.
The Celtics then fell to Toronto 113-101 with Irving leading the charge before Hayward took a break against the New York Knicks, where Boston proved victorious, 103-101, after Tatum came alive to carry the team to victory.
The Celtics are back in action tomorrow night against the Orlando Magic!