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Defending champion Golden State Warriors will start the defense of their title against the Oklahoma City Thunder at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, CA, in the second of the games on opening night.
Game time for this one is set for 10:30 pm ET.
Before that though, the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers, two of the leading teams in the Eastern Conference, will get the season underway at 8:30 pm.
The Celtics will welcome back Gordon Hayward, who missed all of last season because of a bad injury suffered in the first game, and the experienced forward is looking forward to playing again.
Hayward admits that it was difficult watching the games from the sideline.
“Mentally, it was just to try and not think about basketball and not think about the situation I was in more than anything,” he said in Sunday’s Boston Herald.
“Playing video games, I’m talking to my friends while I’m playing and keeping myself occupied.
“If you’re down, and you’re constantly sitting there or lying in bed, lying in the hospital bed thinking, ‘Why am I not out there, I should be out there,’ replaying different things in your head.”
The likes of Kyrie Irving, who is also healthy again after missing the playoffs, along with young talents Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, veteran center Al Horford and Marcus Smart are also looking forward to getting the season underway for Boston.
Meanwhile, star center Joel Embiid will lead a very talented Philadelphia group, which also includes Ben Simmons, JJ Redick and Markelle Fultz.
“I think our future is amazing,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “I see a progressive growth.
“I think we’ve got a chance to be good for a decade, I think we have a chance to be good for a long time, and that’s what excites me the most.”
The 76ers were beaten 4-1 in the second round of the NBA playoffs last year and Embiid reflected on it.
“Last year, I thought we kind of made a mistake as far as playing against Boston,” Embiid said.
“I wasn’t allowed to help off of (Aron) Baynes, especially when he was in the corner.
“We had a lot of times when Boston was driving to the paint and I wasn’t in there or I was stuck in the corner because I wasn’t allowed to help.”
In the meantime, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant will lead the Warriors against the Thunders, who will be without star point guard Russell Westbrook, who remains on the sideline after having surgery.