The Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics, teams that start as favorites to be in the NBA Finals, started the new season with home wins that they won against the Philadelphia Sixers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively. Again, the combination of point guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant was once again decisive in the Warriors' 108-100 thrashing of the Thunder and they celebrated the delivery of the NBA championship rings with triumph.
We want to make sure it's a special season "
Steve Kerr, on the farewell to the Oracle Arena
Curry shined in a special way in all facets of the game to provide 32 points, including five triples, distributed nine assists and captured eight rebounds, which were all defensive. While Durant, again was demolishing against his exequipo team, and achieved 27 points, including four that scored in the last 25 seconds of the game that ensured the victory of the Warriors. Durant also had prominence in the indoor game with eight rebounds – seven defensive -, he delivered six assists, recovered a ball and put a stopper. But the great leader in the paint was the power forward Draymond Green who got 13 rebounds – 12 were defensive -, distributed five assists, recovered three balls, lost six, and finished with two points (1-6, 0- 1, 0-0).
Although the guard Klay Thompson did not have his best inspiration encestadora in the end he contributed 14 points that left him as the team's third leading scorer after having failed 15 of the 20 shots he made in the field, including 7 of 8 from outside the perimeter.
Before the game started at Oakland's Oracle Arena, where the Warriors played last season as their official headquarters, they moved to San Francisco's Chase Center in 2019, NBA commissioner Adam Silver handed in again to the players and managers of the team the rings of current champions. "It's a big change for the organization, we know, but this place is special, so we want to make sure it's a special season," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Without a doubt it will be a great motivation to know that we are going to play here last season." The novelty of the ring is that it will be the first reversible in the history of the NBA and in which stands out with the sapphires and diamonds the 74 victories that they achieved last season, including that of the playoffs.
While the Thunder, who started the new season without star base Russell Westbrook, who is recovering from a knee operation, were always in the game with star forward Paul George who contributed 27 points, five assists and four turnovers, They did not prevent the defeat of their team. The German base Dennis Schroeder, who has been the great signing of the Thunder during the summer break, took the place of Westbrook as a starter and finished as the second highest scorer to bring 21 points (7-19, 2-6, 5-6 ), he captured nine rebounds – seven defensive – and gave six assists in 34 minutes he played. The New Zealander pivot Steven Adams was again the best in the paint to get a double-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two recoveries of the ball. The guard-forward Jayson Tatum with 23 points and nine rebounds led the balanced attack of the Celtics that were shown to the Sixers who won by beating 105-87.
The first duel between two of the teams projected to fight for the title of the Eastern Conference, after the departure of forward LeBron James of the Cavaliers from Clevelanda to the Los Angeles Lakers, only had equality until the break when the Sixers went to the locker room. TD Garden with five points of disadvantage (47-42).
But the Celtics in the third and fourth were always in control of the scoreboard, which were expanding progressively, and the game with a great defense, in addition to selecting better the shots to basket, without giving the Sixers option to get back in the match. Along with Tatum, second year in the NBA, four other players of the Celtics had double-digit numbers, including power forward Marcus Morris, who emerged as the sixth man, by providing a double-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and two ball recoveries.
Forward Jaylen Brown reached 12 points with five rebounds, while reserve baseman Terry Rozier and forward Gordon Hayward played his first full game with the Celtics, after missing all of last season, his first with the team, after a serious injury suffered in the opening against the Cavaliers, achieved 11 and 10 goals, respectively. The Sixers again had Cameroonian power forward Joel Embiid as leader, contributing a double-double of 23 points (9-21, 1-4, 4-5) and 10 rebounds. Australian baseman Ben Simmons, winner of the Rookie of the Year award in 2018, also had a double-double of 19 points, 15 rebounds – 12 defensive -, distributed eight assists, recovered four balls, lost three and put three plugs, that did not stop the first loss of the Sixers.