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Garden Report: Boston Celtics first impressions in Hornets preseason win

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Gordon Hayward’s debut after a big summer of work. Concerns at center come to fruition.

Charlotte Hornets v Boston Celtics Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images

BOSTON, MA — Josue Pavon and Sierra Goodwill shot CLNS Media’s first Garden Report show of the 2019-20 season on Sunday.

Despite the Celtics’ worst lapses on the defensive end, the locker room remained jubilant after a fresh team’s first game, with a year defined by turmoil behind them. A playoff atmosphere for the fourth quarter of a preseason game didn’t hurt either.

The Garden Report analyzed the points in the paint allowed by the defense, first impressions by Gordon Hayward after a summer of work at the Auerbach Center and the Tacko Fall hype that overwhelmed TD Garden.

First impressions — how’d Hayward look?

Rookie showcase — who stood out?

Center issues — who will start inside?