Celtics hold off Nets to win Horford's home debut (1:15)
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Smart gets preseason Sixth Man vote

Marcus Smart received a vote for the Sixth Man Award in our NBA writers panel's preseason predictions. Smart's tenacious defense off the bench could give him a claim to the award. Predictions: Sixth Man

Crowder shows off offense and defensive skills in a hurry (0:33)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 122, Nets 117: Boston didn't make things easy on itself, but emerge with a season-opening win. The Celtics showcased their offensive potential with a pass-happy offense that generated 36 assists on 48 field goals. Isaiah Thomas put up 25 points and 9 assists, while Al Horford registered 11 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds in his Boston debut. A late rally by the Nets spoiled an otherwise breezy second half and Boston, which led by as much as 23, had to re-insert its staters and sweat a bit in the final two minutes.

Brown's great bounce pass leads to Thomas layup (0:17)

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers coach Luke Walton on the team's new era: "After every dynasty ends, there's always that rebuilding process -- maybe not with the Spurs and Patriots, but with every other team that's ever played."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Two weeks after Indians ended his career in ALDS, David Ortiz returned to Cleveland to accept Hank Aaron Award as AL's top slugger. Has retirement sunk in? "Not yet," Ortiz said. "Not going to be able to play another season hasn't hit me yet. It starts hitting you once January shows up and you start getting prepared and getting ready for spring training and all that stuff."

Horford with a nice hook shot (0:20)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

How Al Horford's introduction sounded inside TD Garden.

Isaiah Thomas feeds Jaylen Brown for first career bucket (0:20)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown in June: "I'm ready to rip somebody's head off" Nets center Justin Hamilton in October: "Confirmed." (Boston's No. 3 pick almost put Hamilton on a poster with a baseline drive in his NBA debut. Hamilton fouled but got the worst of the contract).

Thomas gets and-1 on circus layup (0:20)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gerald Green going all-in with his return to Boston, wearing a Shamrock hairstyle for opening night.

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Stevens a favorite for coach award

Brad Stevens received the most votes in our NBA writers panel's Coach of the Year picks. Stevens enters his fourth year in Boston and has his best team on paper yet. He received seven of 28 votes. Predictions: CoY

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley on watching the NBA's opening-night games on Tuesday: "[Boston teammates were] texting back and forth after watching the games, excited about tonight." NBA players, they're just like us!

Gilmore, Bills will be amped up against the Patriots (0:36)
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Young Red Sox fan gets his field of dreams

The Make-A-Wish Foundation organized the construction of a "Fantasy Fenway Park" for 10-year-old Thomas Hastings, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and congenital scoliosis.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Los ganadores del Premio Hank Aaron: Kris Bryant y David Ortiz

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Kelly Olynyk visited his shoulder surgeon this week but, "He's still probably a couple of weeks away" from game action. Olynyk will ramp up his 5-on-5 work in practice with the goal of eliminating shoulder fatigue.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

There's a lot of offensive talent in this room. Hall of Famer Hank Aaron joined by 2016 Hank Aaron Award recipients Kris Bryant and David Ortiz.