Brady Roberts – Mustangs Ahead

Sports(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – October 16 marked the opening night for the 2018-19 National Basketball Association (NBA) regular season.

Opening night was headlined by a matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers, along with a second matchup between the reigning champion Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Celtics fans were eagerly anticipating this matchup due to the return of all-star small forward Gordon Hayward. Last season was Hayward’s first year with the Celtics, but it came to an end with a gruesome leg injury five minutes into his first game of the season.

“As a Celtics fan, I was impressed with the way they played on opening night,” said senior Johnny Reid.  “I’m very excited to see the development in our young players as well as seeing how Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving perform in their return from injury. I have high hopes for this season and think they can go far.”

The Warriors also had a night to remember when they received their championship rings from the 2017-2018 NBA season. This was the franchise’s third championship in the last four seasons.

The Celtics bested the 76ers in the marquee matchup, 105-87 and the Warriors topped the Thunder 108-100.

While these were two highly anticipated matchups there will certainly be a lot of games to look forward to this season after all the offseason moves.

Whether it be LeBron James leaving his hometown of Cleveland to head to Los Angeles, Kawhi Leonard getting traded from the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors, or Demarcus Cousins joining the Warriors to form what might be the greatest team of all time, there will certainly be a lot to look forward to for all NBA fans.

LRHS senior Josh Rossi commented on Demarcus Cousins joining the Warriors saying, “I think Cousins broke the NBA by signing with the warriors. The warriors don’t have a big three (all-stars), they have a big five.”

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