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Rondo vs Nets

The 17-time champions Boston Celtics opened up their first game of the season at the TD Garden against the Brooklyn Nets, in what would be a one sided game.

The Boston fan base was out in full force getting behind their Celtics in a thrilling game which saw 8 players for Boston reach double digit point figures, which has not been seen since 2002 in Celtic green.

Doubt loomed a few days prior to the game, as fans were unsure how Rajon Rondo would be playing following his hand injury. He went on record saying how he doesn’t like being labelled as a “game time decision” and crazily enough says he will know if he will play after his pre-game nap. Thankfully he started with no minutes restrictions and put in what what could only be described as a typical Rondo game.

He had 4 assists in the first 6 minutes of play, ending the first half with 9. Rondo ended up finishing the game with 13 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 block and a steal. The game was dominated by Boston throughout with Boston outscoring Brooklyn in the second 35 to 18.

At half time Boston brought out Isaiah Austin, who was given the hero among us award. Isaiah was forced to give up on his NBA dream due to his medical condition only hours ahead of the draft this summer.

Rookie Marcus Smart made his NBA debut showcasing his skills as well. He was a constant pest with his tight on-ball defense, which led to him having 4 steals, 10 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds with 0 turnovers. Not only were the fans impressed but so was The Big Ticket saying “The kid is very impressive”.

Rondo was back to his normal self to start the season

Rondo was back to his normal self to start the season (credit: Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

Any words given by one of the greatest power forwards to grace the game, shows how much promise Smart shows.

Another impressive player was Kelly Olynyk, who would later in the game clash with KG, after setting a screen on Alan Anderson. Kelly had a fantastic game finishing with 19 points and 6 rebounds. He shot 8 for 14 from the field and hit an impressive shot, fading to the baseline to beat the 3rd quarter buzzer.

Fortunately, Brooklyn would be without elite centre Brook Lopez with a foot sprain, which meant Olynyk and Sullinger could bully down low with little trouble. Sullinger had a seemingly quiet game finishing with 4 rebounds and 13 points.

At the end of the 3rd Boston would lead Brooklyn 101- 72. At the start of the 4th Brooklyn looked impressive, going on a 12-2 run in the first 3 minutes, but that run wouldn’t be enough as Boston would close out the game 121 to 105, finishing the game 55.7% shooting from the field.

The one negative taken away from this game was the foul trouble Boston got into, with Avery Bradley and Jeff Green both having 5 personal fouls against them. Boston can’t afford to lose these players in the game as they both provide pivotal roles on both end of the floor.

Boston now head to the Toyota centre on Saturday to face the Houston Rockets which promises to be a thriller, Boston fans will be hoping for an upset down in Texas with few pundits and analysts giving them much chance against one of the more powerful Western Conference sides.

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Image Credit: Elise Amendola/Associated Press

My name is Samuel, I'm 26 years of age and I'm from Essex, United Kingdom. I've followed basketball for many years now and am an outspoken Boston Celtics fan. Although the Celtics are my team I will not let that influence any articles I write now or anytime in the future. I am a part of a podcast titled "In The Post" where we discuss current affairs in the NBA and any upcoming events, trades etc.

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