Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Shane Larkin on stepping up in the fourth quarter versus Philadelphia: "I know I can make an impact every time I step on the court. Just have to go out there and play hard, be aggressive, and trust in yourself and your abilities." Larkin scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter as Boston rallied for its first win.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics rookie Jabari Bird, an emergency call-up on a two-day way contract, was brutally honest about what coaches did to prep him for his surprise NBA debut on Friday. "Nothing. I wasn't prepared at all for tonight."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

In need of a spark, the shorthanded Celtics got an unexpected boost from two end-of-the-roster players in Shane Larkin and Jabari Bird. Larkin scored eight fourth-quarter points and Bird, a two-way call-up contributed some key minutes, as Boston spoiled the 76ers home opener with a 102-92 triumph.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics are so shorthanded due to injury that rookie Jabari Bird, with the team on a two-way contract, made his season debut in the third quarter of Friday's game against the 76ers. Boston is currently playing without three of its top six players (Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris).


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

How Joel Embiid's intro sounded inside the Wells Fargo Center before Friday's home-opener against the Celtics.

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Gilmore, Rowe out for Pats' rematch vs. Falcons

The Patriots will again be without cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe when they take on the Falcons, and Johnson Bademosi also was added to the injury report Friday with an abdomen injury. He is questionable against Atlanta.

Nolan and Le Batard looking forward to Super Bowl LI rematch (0:39)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Gordon Hayward was discharged from New England Baptist Hospital this evening. Hayward is at home and ready to dive into the recovery process that's been laid out for him.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Marcus Smart (ankle) is out vs. the Sixers. Aron Baynes moves into the starting lineup for Boston, joining Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford.

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

The NHL's one-game suspension for Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson, for boarding Boston's Frank Vatrano on Thursday, makes sense. His game misconduct occurred early enough into the first period that this becomes the de facto two-game suspension it should have been for a regretful hit. But some fans are asking why Zack Kassian of the Oilers didn't get a hearing for his brutal hit on Chicago's Ryan Hartman that night, which earned him a boarding minor. The Dept. of Player Safety looked at it, and determined it was a hit to Hartman's side rather than the numbers, as Hartman "opened up" into the hit. A penalty, for sure, but nothing suspension worthy for Kassian, which was the right call.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots officially ruled out CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion), CB Eric Rowe (groin) and LB Harvey Langi (back) for Sunday's game against the Falcons. In addition, LB Elandon Roberts (ankle), CB Johnson Bademosi (abdomen) and TE Jacob Hollister (chest) are questionable. It is also notable that RB Rex Burkhead was removed from the injury report, paving the way for his return.

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QB Brady says accuracy needs improvement

"When the throws are there, I have to be able to make them," Tom Brady said in anticipation of Sunday night's home game against the Falcons. "It's disappointing when I don't. ... I wish I hit them all."