76ers blow out Celtics in preseason play, 107-75

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76ers blow out Celtics in preseason play, 107-75

PHILADELPHIA Sloppy play in the regular season or the preseason, is usually going to bring about the same result - a loss.

This is a lesson the Boston Celtics unfortunately find themselves repeating after a turnover-prone performance that ended with a 107-75 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Boston (1-3) went into the game with Kevin Garnett sitting out and Paul Pierce's minutes slated to be limited.

Even with more Garnett, that still may not have been enough to mask the many mistakes made by the Celtics.

Doc Rivers likes the C's to keep their turnovers to 14 or less per game.

At the half, Philly had 14 points off of 14 Celtics turnovers which as it turned out, just happened to be equal to the halftime deficit (56-42) that the C's were facing. Boston had a similar turnover-filled first half in their first preseason game, a loss to Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul, Turkey last week.

In addition to the turnovers, Boston also had its share of problems defending Spencer Hawes.

Hawes came off the bench to score 13 of his 17 points in the first half, taking advantage of Philadelphia's dribble penetration that left him either open or wide open enough to where Darko Milicic, Jason Collins or Jared Sullinger could not rotate out quick enough to contest his shot.

Along with no Garnett, Boston was also planning to play Pierce in the first half only. He had seven points and four rebounds at the half, but he also committed four of the C's first-half turnovers. Pierce finished with a team-high 16 points.

In addition to Hawes off the bench, Philadelphia got solid all-around play from its starters who each had at least four points in the first half.

Boston cut into Philadelphia's double-digit lead in the third, but Philadelphia's ball-movement and Boston's inability to get defensive stops put the game away in the third which ended with the Celtics trailing 84-63 going into the fourth.

It didn't get any better for Boston in the fourth, with the Sixers continuing to capitalize on the Celtics' mistakes and shoddy defense which included an uncontested driving dunk down the middle of the lane by Nick Young that pushed the Sixers lead to 92-63.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rough start for Al Horford

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rough start for Al Horford

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons in which the Celtics lead 54-50.

 

STARS

Isaiah Thomas

At the half he led all scorers with 16 points coming on 6-for-10 shooting from the field.

Reggie Jackson

The former Boston College star has been a main cog in the Pistons’ offense tonight, leading them with 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting with five assists.

 

STUDS

Marcus Morris

He was relatively quiet most of the first half, but came up with a last-second 3-pointer that sent the Pistons into the half with some momentum to cap off a 15-9 run to end the quarter.

Jaylen Brown

Boston is looking for a steady No. 2 scorer to compliment Isaiah Thomas, and Brown was that guy throughout most of the first half. He finished with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting to go with three rebounds.

Amir Johnson

The former Piston looked very much at home around the rim in the first half, scoring just four points but grabbing seven rebounds in addition to dishing out two assists.

Andre Drummond

He had six points and six rebounds in the first half, but didn’t really dominate the way you would expect from the best big man in the building. Boston didn’t give him too many looks at the basket, and when they did they fouled him. He went to the line for five free throws in the half, and missed all of them.

 

DUDS

Al Horford

Boston has made getting him the ball tonight a priority, and the four-time All-Star is simply not finishing off plays. Credit Detroit’s defense which has contested most of Horford’s shot attempts. That said, he has to deliver more offensively than the two points he scored while missing eight of his nine field goal attempts.

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons will retire the jersey number of former UConn star Rip Hamilton tonight, an instrumental figure in the Pistons’ success in the early 2000s that included an NBA title in 2004.
 
Although Hamilton never played for Boston, his impact can be felt within the Celtics locker room.
 
Boston’s Amir Johnson spent his first four NBA seasons as a teammate of Hamilton's in Detroit.
 
In that time, Johnson acknowledges how many of the positive things folks associate with him come from lessons he learned from Hamilton.
 
“He was so relentless when he ran,” Johnson told CSNNE.com. “I remember working out with him one summer. For him to even get his shot off, he sprints full court, goes back down shooting shots, and he just kept doing this over and over and over again, full court sprinting . . . To see that as a young kid, and at his age, just working hard like that, it was great to see.”
 
James Young grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, Mich., so he watched Hamilton’s scoring prowess up close and personal.
 
And as he continued to evolve as a player, Young would see Hamilton during the summer months while attending Hamilton’s basketball camps.
 
“I was there every year, won MVP a few times,” Young told CSNNE.com. “He’s a great guy, a great player.”
 
And, like Hamilton, Young has a lanky frame for an NBA player, which was among the many reasons Young acknowledged Hamilton as being one of his first significant basketball influences as a youth.
 
“For sure,” Young said. “His mid-range game was crazy, great shooter. He was always consistent.”
 
And that consistency has paid off in the highest honor an NBA franchise can bestow upon a player.
 
“That’s big time,” Johnson said. “He’s a champion, great father, great baller. To have his jersey retired is an honor. To see the success he had in the league, and to see his jersey retired with the greats, it's definitely an honor. I’m glad I’ll be there to see that. Kudos to him. He’s a hard worker. Had a great career. I had my high school jersey retired, but to get your NBA jersey retired, that’s great.”
 
Hamilton played 14 seasons in the NBA, nine of which were with the Pistons. A career 17.1 points per game score, he averaged 18.4 with Detroit and was named an Eastern Conference All-Star three times (2006-2008).
 
Although he is known as one of the greatest mid-range shooters of his era, Hamilton began to expand his range over time. During the 2005-06 season, Hamilton shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range (most of them being corner 3’s), which led the NBA that season.