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Sixers Open Regular Season Against Celtics in Boston | Gameday Report 1/82

The 76ers play their first regular season game on Tuesday night in Boston, facing the Celtics in the NBA season opener.

For the Sixers, roster depth and a team-first approach are two themes emerging from the offseason and their undefeated preseason.

"Coach Doc said something in the locker room recently: This is a we season, not a me season,” Tyrese Maxey said on Media Day. “This season's going to be all about us, as a group, as an organization. I just want us to be the best that we can possibly be."

The start of a new season brings with it excitement, intrigue, and everything in between. After 11 seasons, offseason acquisition and 2021 NBA Champion P.J. Tucker certainly knows the drill.

"It's going to be tough, and we're going to go through a lot throughout the season,” said Tucker. “But it's going to be so much better when you get to the end and you have a chance to really win it. It makes everything worth it."

The start of the 2022-23 Sixers season coincides with an energizing period of success for Philadelphia teams across the entire professional sports landscape.

“It’s awesome… It just gives the city a different energy,” 76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers said Monday. “Walking in the street, people are engaged. It’s nice.”

Now, it’s time for the Sixers to take the stage. 


“Everybody here is focused on winning,” second-year Sixer Georges Niang said. “How can we make this team better? I think we're focused on the ‘we’ aspect of this season."

After Tuesday, the Sixers return for their home opener on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Preseason By The Numbers

  • The Sixers were one of only two undefeated teams (Sacramento) this preseason.
  • In four preseason games, the team averaged 113.0 points, 47.3 rebounds, 23.0 assists, and 13.0 steals per game.
  • The 13.0 steals per contest were the most in the NBA, while their 13.8 turnovers on average were the third-fewest in the league.
  • Thirteen of their 47.3 rebounds per game came on the offensive glass, good for a top-5 ranking. Paul Reed and Montrezl Harrell both pulled down 2.3 offensive rebounds per game.
  • Reed also led the team in total steals (10) and blocks (four).
  • Tyrese Maxey was the team’s leading scorer. In his four appearances, Maxey averaged an efficient 17.3 points (.522 FG%, .556 3FG%, .917 FT%) in 20.1 minutes per game.
  • James Harden averaged the most assists (4.7 APG in 23.3 MPG), with Shake Milton (3.5 APG in 18.1 MPG) next on the team.
  • Tobias Harris grabbed a team-leading 19 total rebounds, while De’Anthony Melton secured 18 boards.
  • In the preseason finale on Oct. 12, Joel Embiid posted a game-high 19 points, plus six rebounds and a block in 23 minutes against the Charlotte Hornets.

Tuesday’s season opener in Boston is a 7:30 p.m. ET start.

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Quote to Note:

James Harden – after Monday’s final practice before the regular season – on Tyrese Maxey:

“I'm probably like the mean guy on the court as far as our team [goes]. He's just so nice, man. He's just smiling. It's like, 'Tyrese, get mad one time.'

“I think he got mad in our last preseason game. He got pushed or something and they didn’t call a foul. He was pissed. I need more of that… You're not under the radar no more.”

Opponent Outlook:

The Celtics went 2-2 in the preseason after a 51-31 campaign last season that culminated in an NBA Finals loss (4-2) to the Golden State Warriors.

On Sept. 22, the Celtics announced a season-long suspension for Head Coach Ime Udoka due to violations of team policies. Joe Mazzulla, 34, is the Interim Head Coach.

Malcolm Brogdon (19.1 PPG) was traded from Indiana to Boston in July, and the Celtics also signed Danilo Gallinari (11.7 PPG). Boston then signed Blake Griffin on Oct. 3.

Gallinari is out, however, as the Celtics announced early last month that the 15-year veteran was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee suffered while playing for Italy in a FIBA World Cup qualifier against Georgia on Aug. 27. Robert Williams (left knee arthroscopy) is also out.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown averaged 26.9 and 23.6 points per game, respectively, for the Celtics last season. Marcus Smart is the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

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