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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.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams is a gametime decision, Billy Donovan says. Adams is currently on the floor going through a workout.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Looks like Kyrie Irving is working the rust off so far: the Celtics point guard missed all eight shots in the first half of Boston's opener against Philadelphia. Irving missed the Celtics' postseason run last spring due to a knee injury that required surgery.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A small sample, but it's interesting to note that Philadelphia was outscored by 12 points in Markelle Fultz's 21 first-half minutes in Fultz's first start. Last season, the Sixers starting unit with JJ Redick was the top five-man unit in the NBA based on plus-minus rating, per NBA Advanced Stats.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics' transition defense looks rusty during their season opener. The Philadelphia 76ers scored 12 fast-break points in the first half, nearly matching their average of 13.5 per game during the 2018 playoff series between these teams. The Sixers had no more than 16 fast-break points in any of those five games. Still, Boston led 47-42 at the half.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Watched Russell Westbrook go through his full pregame routine. Looked like himself physically, throwing down a two-handed dunk and moving well. But the jumper was a bit rusty, especially the pull-up. Some pretty bad misses, including a few airballs.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics' depth has been on display during the second quarter of Tuesday's season opener. With three reserves (Aron Baynes, Markelle Fultz and Marcus Smart) flanked by starters Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics outscored the visiting 76ers 9-0 over nearly three minutes to start the period.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics opened up an early lead by outscoring the Philadelphia 76ers 12-3 during the three-plus minutes Sixers center Joel Embiid rested during the first quarter. Backup Amir Johnson offered little resistance at the rim during that span.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Draymond Green knows his conditioning isn't where he would like it to be after missing most of the preseason because of a sore left knee -- but he isn't concerned heading into the season opener. "I wasn't out for months," he said with a chuckle after shootaround. "So [my wind] will come back pretty quick." Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be watching Green's minutes closely. "He told me when you look tired you're coming out," Green said. "So maybe I'll try to hide it."