The NBA's second night saw five Hoyas in action (three in one game) and all played meaningful minutes. Here's how they fared:
Beautiful. Celtics rout Nets 121-105 - CelticsBlog
Jeff Green had 25 points in 37 minutes on 8-16 shooting including 2-3 from behind the arc. He added 5 rebounds and 2 assists in the Celtics huge win over Brooklyn. Rajon Rondo returned for the Celtics and ended up 3 points shy of a triple-double.
Pacers wrap up season opening win against 76ers led by Roy Hibbert - Indy Cornrows
"The starting unit looked towards Roy Hibbert to make an impact as the team's lone starter from last season. Hibbert found himself beat up in the paint all night, but made the most of his opportunities, going to the line 13 times as part of his team high 22 points. Hibbert was 6-8 from the floor, making the Philly bigs work all night. Hibbert also improved Indiana's standing on the defensive end, blocking seven shots to go with eight rebounds. With the injuries where they are for the Pacers in leaving Hibbert as Indiana's only starter from last season for the time being, Hibbert needs to be Indinaa's best player, and he stepped up to the challenge tonight. He even showed fire in the second quarter after receiving a shove from Malcolm Thomas."
Philadelphia Drops Season Opener To Indiana - Liberty Ballers
Henry Sims had 10 points and 4 rebounds in 24 minutes and Hollis Thompson had 5 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Both players struggled with foul trouble in the game.
Hollis Thompson literally never seen a television camera before. pic.twitter.com/N6ItjXY91g— Evan TVMyWifeWatches (@TVMWW) October 29, 2014
5 takeaways from Wizards' loss to Heat | Comcast SportsNet Washington
"Paul Pierce and Otto Porter are going to make a heck of a 1-2 punch at small forward. Pierce hit difficult shots all night and ended with 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Porter was key in a fourth-quarter rally that cut the deficit to 84-83. He bricked a wide-open three-pointer that would've given the Wizards the lead but in 24 minutes he had 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting and four rebounds. He'll get better."
Don't worry too much about the Wizards' loss to Miami - Bullets Forever
"Otto Porter should soon start in place of Garrett Temple at the shooting guard spot. Temple is serviceable in a backup role, but Otto is the better overall player now that he is finally injury-free and confident for the first time in his young career. He's shooting the ball well, moving off the ball beautifully at times, has a good understanding of where he needs to be and causes problems with his length defensively. The only question will be whether he can keep up on the defensive end with smaller, quicker guards."
Pistons vs. Nuggets: Stan Van Gundy era starts with a loss - Detroit Bad Boys
Greg Monroe is serving his two game suspension for "driving while visibly impaired" and the Pistons lost in his absence.
Wizards at Magic - October 30, 2014 - 7:00 PM ET - NBA.com
The only game tonight featuring a Hoya sees Otto Porter and the Wizards head to Orlando to take on the Magic. Both teams lost their openers.