NBA Opening Games

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NBA Opening Games

Justin Perez, Sports Contributor

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The NBA kicked off its season with its first game on October 17, featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers vs the Boston Celtics. The Celtics looked to be a young and promising team with the 6th youngest roster in the NBA. A huge offensive addition in their offseason had been Gordon Hayward, coming off the best season of his career and his first all star appearance. The Cavs had also made moves this offseason acquiring Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and more for Kyrie Irving.

The game started with Kyrie Irving scoring the first two points of the NBA season. Then as all seemed to be going great for the Celtics, the unthinkable happened. Gordon Hayward had gone up to catch a pass from Kyrie Irving on a backdoor alley oop when he collided in mid air with Jae Crowder and Lebron James, causing him to fall with his left ankle under him. This caused him to dislocate his ankle and he had fractured his Tibia. He left the game while Bleacher Report came out with a statement that he will most likely miss the rest of the season. The Cavs went on to win the game only by three points on a clutch shot by Kevin Love and consecutive missed threes to tie the game from Jaylen Brown and Kyrie Irving. Jaylen Brown contributed an impressive 25 points to fill in for Hayward while Kyrie had a double double recording 22 points and 10 assists. The rookie Jayson Tatum looked very promising finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds against all star power forward Kevin Love. For the Cavaliers, Lebron had a near triple double with 29 points, 16 rebounds, and 9 assists. Kevin Love also had a double double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Also facing off later that night came the new-look Houston Rockets squaring off against the Golden State Warriors. The Rockets had added 9-time all star point guard Chris Paul. The Warriors were coming off a championship season after they had beat the Cavs in 5 games. In the start of the fourth quarter the Warriors held a commanding 11 point lead when the Rockets started to rally their way back. With 44 seconds left in the game Houston had the ball down 1 point with a chance to finally take the lead. PJ Tucker had gone up for a shot to get fouled by Shaun Livingston where he made both free throws to give the Rockets the lead. Golden State had one chance left with 10 seconds left to go. Kevin Durant had secured a rebound of a Curry miss when he put it back up and in for the game, as that’s what people thought. The shot was .1 seconds too late and hadn’t counted, giving the Rockets the W.