3 takeaways from 2017-18 season opener — Washington Wizards

Angelica Greene
October 20, 2017

Ben Simmons kicked off his National Basketball Association career with an impressive performance in Philadelphia's 120-115 road loss to the Washington Wizards.

Simmons, who the 76ers selected with the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, got the start last night and he lived up to the hype finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, not to mention only one turnover in his 35 minutes of action.

The Wizards defeated the 76ers 120-115. Here's a look at three takeaways from their season-opening victory.

"Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey".

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"I feel that his first game was really exceptional. We have many more to go". He did get the fans out of their seats a few times, showing flashes of his athleticism as he got out in transition. Dario Saric played unexceptionally - 3 points on 1-5 shooting - but he's Dario, so he's attractive by default. But it also may not have - the Wizards have John Wall, they have late-game experience, and they have organizational consistency: In other words, they should win games like this, even against a team as improved (but still as green) as the Sixers.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs over visiting Minnesota 107-99, while Damian Lillard netted 27 to power the Portland Trail Blazers to a 124-76 triumph at Phoenix.

"Still gotta work on a lot of things, but as a team we're getting there".

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