All of the Boston Celtics' pieces are present. For coach Doc Rivers, it's just a matter of fitting them together.
In a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference semifinals, the revamped Celtics will try to again fine-tune their chemistry on Friday as they host the Philadelphia 76ers, a team relying on stingy defense without its marquee addition.
After starting the season with two losses, Boston (2-2) has won two straight. But both victories came over winless Washington and were not overly impressive.
The Celtics needed overtime for a 100-94 home victory over the Wizards on Wednesday after an 89-86 road win Saturday. But as Rivers tries to find a formula for a largely reshuffled roster, getting back to .500 was a relief.
"Well, we won the game," he said. "Right now that's the type of team we are. We're not playing great.''
Boston's points per game (96.0) and points allowed (99.8) are both hovering in the league's lower-third as Rivers' new rotation gets acclimated with each ot...