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Recap: Erden impresses as Celtics roll

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Here are some observations from the Celtics 93 – 65 thrashing of the 76ers in the pre-season opener.

I'm officially starting the Semih Erden fan club: 13 points. 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 21 minutes. He's got some touch around the hoop and the bulk (he looks bigger than 6-11, 240 lbs) to bang.

Shaq also impressed: 8 points (4-5 FG), 2 rebounds in 20 minutes. He had a couple of tip-in buckets off lobs. He seems fit and interested. Watch out.

Ray Allen might be getting younger. The dude doesn't miss a beat: 14 points (2-3 3FG) and 8 rebounds. 

The Celtics are light years better than Philly (Iguodala and Brand did not play) and it showed, especially on the defensive end. Philly had 9 points after the 1st quarter, 22 at half. Rondo was a menace (4 points, 8 assists, 3 steals and no headband).

KG had 2 points, (0-4 FG), 2 rebounds and 1 block in 18 minutes. Doc Rivers set the bar high with his training camp praise ("explosive" and "unguardable") of Garnett, but he didn't do much tonight. That's not to say KG isn't back, we just didn't see it.

Paul Pierce (8 points, 4 TOs) did not play in the 2nd half. In his postgame presser, Doc Rivers said Pierce was sick.

Former UMass star Stephane Lasme exploded for 12 points in the 4th quarter. He's one active dude. Kudos to KG who was leading the bench applause for Lasme.

If some of these player stats are incorrect, don't blame me. The box scores for ESPN, SI and Yahoo! Sports are all incomplete.

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  • Lee in Oregon

    Fun beating up on the Iggy-less JV. Loved Semih & Shaq! Just wanna see more from Marquis than new neck-ink. The rotations looked good though, they contested everything at times. I dont think Lawrence Frank made any drastic changes to the defense.
    too early to tell, and I think he has a guaranteed deal, but if I were Von Wafer, I’d rent, not buy.
    oh, and maybe its the new uni’s, but Baby looks thin. For all his weird crap this summer, he looks great and was very active.

  • For a first game, awesome. Would have liked to see the sixers put up more of a fight but all in all a fun game to watch.
    I think Doc said it best about Semih, something along the lines of ‘he goes up against Shaq EVERY day in practice, he must be thrilled to see someone else’

  • thetitleisours

    We will need Semih down the road. Huge plus if this signs of the future
    Yeah Lasme might be turn out to beat someone on the roster. He is known for his D, but if he can score…

  • ilaykarabay

    Semmiihhh Seemmiiihhhhhh Errrrrrdddeeennnnnn(ördın) youre driving me crazyy!!!i want to be the volunteer for the making of the fan clubbb 😀 ehehee

  • ShawnCVD

    Sight unseen, I got this hunch that this team is gonna be good. Will be watching them on NBATV tonight! Any live chat going down for fake game number two?

  • Von Wafer was incredibly bad.