Kanter, Guduric show their stuff for Celtics, Grizzlies

2019-10-07T07:24:42+00:00 2019-10-07T07:24:42+00:00.

Giannis Askounis

07/Oct/19 07:24


The Boston Celtics and the Memphis Grizzlies secured the win in their 2019 NBA preseason opener.

By John Askounis/ info@eurohoops.net

Enes Kanter debuted with the Boston Celtics on Sunday evening at the TD Garden. He helped his side achieve a slim 107-106 win against the Charlotte Hornets with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assists and 1 block. American-Montenegrin Javonte Green put up 15 points, Vincent Poirier registered 1 rebound and 1 steal in 6 minutes, and Daniel Theis was sidelined with an adductor strain.

New faces for the winning side included Kemba Walker who finished with 12 points, while Gordon Hayward exited early with a bruised left elbow after pouring 9 points. As for the losing side, Europeans Nicolas Batum and Willy Hernangomez notched 2 points each, the French swingman also tallied 6 rebounds, 1 assists and 1 block, the Spaniard center 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 block.

The Memphis Grizzlies tipped off their preseason with a comfortable 123-88 victory over Maccabi Hunter Haifa at the FedExForum. New addition Marko Guduric played 20 minutes for 8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists, while Jonas Valanciunas was held out due to foot injury. James Young, 17th pick in the 2014 draft, hit a game-high 31 points for the Israeli club.

Ivica Zubac was in action at Honolulu for the Los Angeles Clippers that went over the Shanghai Sharks, 127-87. The 22-year-old Croatian center had 6 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist before fouling out. James Nunnally scored 31 points and Donatas Motiejunas posted a 29-point, 13-rebound double-double for the CBA side.