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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George on feeling more comfortable this season: "Coming into this year, there were no distractions, no outside talk, no ‘am I here, am I going, am I going to LA.' This year is focused on what we're going to do as a unit."

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics picked up on opening night where they left off against the Philadelphia 76ers in last year's playoffs. After defeating the Sixers 4-1 in their second-round series, the Celtics beat Philadelphia 105-87 Tuesday in the season opener for both teams. All nine Boston players who saw more than four minutes of action scored at least seven points, led by 23 and nine rebounds from forward Jayson Tatum.

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Draymond Green entered Oracle Arena with these shoes on Warriors championship ring night.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

It's one game, but the opening result for the new Sixers' lineup configuration wasn't pretty. Markelle Fultz has five points in 24 minutes as Philly was outscored by 16 with the second-year guard on the court. JJ Redick, who was replaced in the starting lineup, had 17 points off the bench but those lineups weren't impressive either.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

For Philadelphia, this has to feel a bit like the last time they played in Boston. Aron Baynes knocked down a three in that game - a Game 5 series clinching Celtics win - and finished with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting. He has eight points off the bench tonight against the Sixers and has knocked down two 3-pointers. Boston is in control in the season-opener.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams (back stiffness) is good to go against the Warriors.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks head coach David Fizdale says he hopes to motivate Kevin Knox by bringing the rookie off the bench to start the regular season. Knox said the move will have the desired affect. "Oh yeah, it's going to be great. He said the lineup is going to be great, a great opportunity for me to go in there and do as much as I can for that lineup. He wants me to be more aggressive, be more vocal on that court. Defensively. being more active with that second lineup. There's a lot that's really good with this. Coming off the bench is going to help me, light that fire."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Knox said he wasn't surprised to learn that he was coming off the bench in the Knicks' opener after starting in all five preseason games. "If I'm coming off the bench, I'm going to do whatever it takes to help my team win. Coach wants me to be more aggressive with that second lineup. So I'm trying to come out, trying to be aggressive with that lineup and go from there.... I'm just excited for my first game. Coming off the bench with (Allonzo Trier), (Mitchell Robinson), some of the other guys will be really good." Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Lance Thomas & Enes Kanter will start for New York against Atlanta on Wednesday.