Twitter reacts to ugly start to Sixers-Celtics game
The biggest news this side of the world today is that the NBA is back after a long absence, with the Philadelphia 76ers taking on the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Beantown. But while fans were expecting high-quality basketball they’ve never laid eyes on for quite some time, they were instead treated to a sloppy and almost comical brand of play the Celtics and the Sixers teamed up to produce — at least in the first half of the game.
Of course, folks on social media, particularly those on Twitter, had the time of their lives roasting subpar action they were witnessing during the first two quarters of a game that’s supposed to be a way-too-early preview of a possible Eastern Conference championship series.
US: The NBA is back! Wooooooo!
THE NBA: pic.twitter.com/LUHSfhPs5R
— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) October 17, 2018
Teams shooting a combined 1-9. ouch.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) October 17, 2018
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) October 17, 2018
Going by the Sixers' first possession – this NBA season is going to be horrible, lol
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) October 17, 2018
And it isn’t just the game itself that viewers are having a hard time dealing with, as even the broadcast team received some Twitter wrath.
It took the first half of the first quarter of the first game of the season for me to mute Reggie Miller for the year.
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) October 17, 2018
Foster: Guys. . . We are live. . .
— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) October 17, 2018
The first half ended with the Sixers behind Boston, 47-42, thanks to their inability to take good care of the leather, though, that’s exactly not an easy thing to do for any team battling a Celtics squad that’s loaded with pesky defenders. Overall, the Sixers committed 11 turnovers over that span. Philly had a 16.5 turnovers per game average last season, and it seems they haven’t improved a lot on that area.
Much of the heat the Celtics caught from fans in the first half was due to guard Kyrie Irving’s salty shooting. Irving went just 0-for-8 from the floor, though, it could be attributed to the rusts he’s accumulated during a long layoff following a knee procedure he underwent late last season.