The Clippers got hot early. The Celtics got hot late, but it wasn't enough to overcome a shocking upset loss to Blake Griffin, Mo Williams and company.
With Kendrick Perkins gone, Celtics GM Danny Ainge is gambling that new big men like just acquired Troy Murphy and Nenad Krstic can help the team maintain championship-level defense.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had a monster of a first game with 16 points and 16 rebounds en route to beating the Suns.
DeMarcus Cousins’ maturity and work ethic have not been a problem with the Sacramento Kings.