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Ime Udoka on Celtics First Win of the Season: ‘I Think We Played the Right Way’

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Celtics head coach Ime Udoka was greeted with a celebratory dousing of water bottles in the away locker room at the Toyota Center on Sunday night as the Boston Celtics snagged their first win of the season, defeating the Houston Rockets, 107-97.

After losing back-to-back games to start off the season, Boston made its way to the win column thanks to Jayson Tatum’s 31 points and 9 boards, along with an 17 point double-double from Al Horford.

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The first regular-season week was more than tough for the C’s squad, who suffered a double-overtime loss to the New York Knicks on opening night and a 32-point blowout by the Raptors. However, last night’s victory got the ball rolling in the right direction.

“It’s special,” Udoka said, per AP News. “I told them it was overdue and ‘You guys took too long to get it’. … It’s good to get it, not just for the first, but to kind of get us rolling on the right foot. I think we played the right way tonight, defended how we could after that first quarter.”

With Jaylen Brown sidelined due to knee soreness, Udoka put in Dennis Schröder, who responded with 18 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

With an early season showdown against the undefeated Charlotte Hornets looming tonight, Udoka will have to pocket his historic win and set his sights on slowing down the Hornets’ run-and-gun style of offense.

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Jabari Parker on Return to Boston: ‘I Knew It Was The Right Place To Be’ | SLAM

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After the Boston Celtics waived his partially guaranteed contract before the start of the regular season, Jabari Parker has returned to the team on a non-guaranteed deal. He recently elaborated on his re-signing, expressing how the 617 “was the right place to be”:

“I just knew (Boston) was the right place to be. I knew that,” Parker said per MassLive. “This is a winning team and iron sharpens iron, so if anything, I’m going to get better here playing against the guys every day, being around true competitors, and obviously get a chance for me to learn. So this is just a great situation just because I’m just grateful for it and I’m counting my blessings.”

After collecting three DNP-CDs as the C’s started the season, Parker played a huge part in the Celtics’ overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets. He finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds in only 17 minutes of action. His contributions in the game was a reflection of what head coach Ime Udoka told him prior to the game: be ready.

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“Coach told me before the game just to be prepared,” Parker said. “But like every other game, every game, especially—I’m always keeping the same mentality, just staying ready, because I enjoy the game of basketball. So I just do what I do.”

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