Felger: The 76ers might be different
The Boston Celtics fell to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night 106-103 to fall to 5-2 on the season. On Thursday’s Felger and Mazz, Felger gave his thoughts on the 76ers and how this version of the team is different from recent 76ers teams.
Are the Philadelphia 76ers different this year?
Felger: To me, what would scare me if I were a Celtics fan, or the Celtics, is that actually you weren’t bad last night. That we actually played okay and Mazzulla believed that. And he said that multiple times, he thought they played good defense on Embiid. He thought they played good defense on Maxey. He thought they played good offense and they just missed shots. He wasn’t concerned with their effort. You know, he felt they played well. But that’s what would worry me, that they actually weren’t half assed and they actually gave a representative effort and they still weren’t that much better than Philly. Or that Philly somehow has gained on them. And this is what I looked at, and I don’t know why I got the feeling of this but for the first time….I feel Philly is worthy of a little bit of respect. I am now, for the first time, I’m considering making Philly a real threat to you, Milwaukee, to anyone. I feel they might be different. No longer do they have some bum gumming up the works like James Harden or Ben Simmons or someone like that. They don’t have some loser bum in the middle of the thing. Maxey, you know who I felt had taken a step back early in year two, feels like he’s coming of age and now he’s clearly the second guy there and he’s made a big step to All-Star status or All-Star quality. Embiid is in his absolute prime, Maxey’s coming into his prime, they’ve clear the decks of that trash, Nick Nurse obviously knows how to coach. He knows how to coach defense. And with Covington and Batum, those guys that they got back for James Harden, on the wing it just fits better there. And do I look at him more like a real threat?
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Stewart: My concerns with the 2023-24 Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics opened training camp this week on the heels of making a massive trade with the Portland Trial Blazers by acquiring Jrue Holiday. Expectations are running high for the 2023-24 season, I’m as hyped as anyone who is a fan of the Celtics and I expected the Celtics to win 60 games and the NBA Championship, if they’re healthy. I do have many concerns about the Celtics and if one or any of these issues pop up, the Celtics could ended up like the eight seed Miami Heat last season with 44 wins.
Here’s a look at the Celtics schedule via the Celtics PR department:
The 17-time World Champion Boston Celtics today announced their schedule for the upcoming 2023-24 regular season. Boston will open the 2023-24 season on the road for the third time in eight years when they play against the New York Knicks on Wednesday, October 25 at Madison Square Garden.
The Celtics home opener will serve as an early rematch of the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals when they host the Miami Heat on Friday, October 27 at TD Garden for a primetime game on ESPN.
Boston will compete in four Group Play games for the inaugural In-Season Tournament when they host the Nets on Friday, November 10 and the Bulls on Tuesday, November 28 at TD Garden. The Celtics will also play the Raptors in Toronto on Friday, November 17 and the Magic in Orlando on Friday, November 24.
The Celtics will set out on a seven-day West Coast road trip, facing four California teams, starting with the Golden State Warriors on December 19 and capped by a marquee Christmas Day matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. For the eighth consecutive season, the Celtics will play on Christmas, serving as one of five featured matchups chosen by the NBA that day. The holiday game marks the third time the Celtics have played at the Lakers on Christmas Day and will be the first time since 2008.
The C’s will have a home-heavy schedule leading up to the NBA All-Star Break as they host a seven-game homestand (Jan. 27 – Feb. 9) featuring matchups against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 27, the Los Angeles Lakers on February 1, and 2023 First Round playoff opponent, the Atlanta Hawks, on February 7.
The Celtics will host a rematch of the 2022 NBA Finals on March 3 against the Golden State Warriors on ABC. Boston will close out the season with a three-game homestand, featuring a back-to-back set against the Knicks and Hornets before closing with a matinee game against the Washington Wizards on April 14.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell will once again handle radio broadcast duties this season. Games can be heard right here on the Celtics flagship station 98.5 the Sports Hub, as well as the Celtics Radio Network. Select games will be broadcast on Boston’s ROCK 92.9 FM.
So what am I concerned about?