Final: Celtics 93, Sixers 65 The first game of the new-look Celtics is a success.
Fourth quarter, 4:35, Celtics 83, Sixers 55: Delonte West is still on the floor running with the third team -- Luke Harongody, Mario West, Von Wafer, and Stephane Lasme. With a 10-game suspension to start the season, Rivers said he plans to play West heavy minutes in the preseason.
Fourth quarter, 11:26, Celtics 72, Sixers 43: Von Wafer checks in for the first time. Meanwhile, Marreese Speights is jawing with Kevin Garnett, who's on the bench relaxing.
Third quarter, Celtics 70, Sixers 40: Sort of a frantic sequence to end the third. Marquis Daniels raced to the Celtics' end of the floor and missed a layup, but when the Sixers went the other way with it, Nate Robinson swiped the ball loose for Semih Erden to scoop up and tap back to Robinson. Robinson floored it upcourt and with about 13 seconds left on the clock Doc Rivers came into the picture screaming, "One shot!" Robinson dribbled the clock down, drove the middle, and then dished to Daniels for a layup.
Third quarter, 2:19, Celtics 65, Sixers 34:Before the game, Rivers pointed out the backcourt chemistry between Delonte West and Nate Robinson. They do a lot of talking to each other. West does a lot of floor general stuff. In other happenings, Luke Harangody just entered the game for the first time.
Third quarter, 11:13, Celtics 53, Sixers 22Shaq gets out and runs the floor with Ray Allen for an easy layup off a lob. It's a cakewalk right now, and the Celtics are enjoying it. At the half, 'Teach Me How To Dougie' played over the speakers and Paul Pierce, Glen Davis, and Nate Robinson couldn't keep themselves from dancing.
Second quarter, 1:15, Celtics 45, Sixers 22: Shaq essentially plays center field in the paint on defense. He does a good job talking, but he's anchored to the semicircle.
Second quarter, Celtics 31, Sixers 15: Still struggling with the Internet here, but we'll deal, try to work a little iPhone magic. Doc Rivers said Semih Erden would see heavy preseason minutes and would play a role off the bench during the season. He's been active, making shots, hitting the glass, swatting at shots.
First quarter, Celtics 10, Sixers 2: Got some technical difficulties at the Verizon Wireless Center of all places. The Celtics are toying around with a bare-bones Sixers squad. Rondo, sans headband, is the best player on the floor. Shaq's communicating well on defense with the first unit, letting Paul Pierce know he had his back on a screen.