Now Celtics fans can settle in and watch the fun

Alan Greenwood

For everyone who seamlessly clicked from the Red Sox to the Celtics on Tuesday, feel free to admit your fear.

For those who refused to turn on the Celtics’ season opener until the game had passed the 5-minute mark, the haunting image of all haunting images tested your breath-holding


As of Thursday morning, no casualties were reported.

Celtics fans, from the casual to the Green Teamers, shared the same worry. One and all thought of Gordon Hayward’s season-ending injury on opening night against Cleveland last October and braced themselves.

Seeing a man’s broken tibia and grotesque dislocated ankle will linger, even for curmudgeons.

It was the ultimate in must-not-see-TV. Joe Theisman’s career-ending tackle by the Giants’ Lawrence Taylor served as the benchmark for gruesome injuries for 33 years. It was sufficiently hideous that Taylor, leaped up, looked down and began screaming for a doctor.

Taylor never betrayed queasiness in his Hall-of-Fame career until he heard the snap.

So it was OK to start worrying as Jackie Bradley made his way around the bases. Bradley’s eighth-inning grand slam effectively ended the Red Sox’ win over Houston in Game 3 of the American League Championship season.

And there was Kyrie Irving, whose knee surgery in April shelved him for the playoffs.

Hayward and Irving didn’t offer anything near peak performances in the C’s Opening Night win over the 76ers. That is fully understandable since the team played only four exhibition games.

Look at the season’s first couple weeks as extending training camp, fueled by the anticipation of what might be.

TIME TRAVEL: Oct. 17, 1978 – “The Nashua High cross country team took the first eight places in the race to thrash Manchester West, 15-62, improving the Panthers’ record to 10-0.

“Nashua’s Mike Gagne continued to roll, setting another school and course record with a winning time of 15:34 on the three-mile course. Gagne has set a course record in every meet he has run this year.

“Following Gagne in the race were Mike Soucy, Tony La Count, Andy Arnold, Tom Carey, Paul Casey, Gary Wright and Tom Kaminski.”

FROM THE TWITTER WORLD: Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello told a Sports Illustrated scribe that he would rather “throw the (crap) out of my arm now and it feel crappy for three months with a ring on my hand.”

A welcome wind of determination from a big-league pitcher, even if he did over-estimate the size of the ring.

Only one finger gets to wear it, Rick.

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-1248, agreenwood or @Telegraph_ AlanG.