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Boston versus Miami leads opening night

Posted on: August 3, 2010 8:27 am
Edited on: August 5, 2010 8:49 am
 
Posted by Matt Moore

The new NBA superpower in Miami will definitely have its hands full to start the season as the New Big 3 takes on the Old Big 3. Welcome to being the hunted, ring or no ring. The Boston Globe reports that the NBA season will kick off October 26th with the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics hosting the Miami Heat. If this report and the Orlando Sentinel report regarding the game against Orlando on the 28th are correct, it means two things.

One, Miami will immediately be under fire to produce wins. Starting the season off 0-2 would mean almost nothing in terms of their capacity as a team, but would result in a cataclysmic fire of negative press that would follow them until the notched several significant wins. Knocking off the Pacers on a Tuesday will not help things if they start off winless against the two best teams in the East outside of Miami, both of which have been to the Finals the past two seasons.

Two, the Heat will not open their own arena until at least Friday or Saturday, meaning it doesn't look like the NBA trusts the Miami market to create a particularly rowdy atmosphere, compared to what greets the Big 3 on opening night. Two road games against the two other top East teams? Baptism by fire, super-friends. Baptism by fire.

Meanwhile, the revelation that the season kicks off with Miami and Boston leads us to wonder what team the defending champion Lakers will face. Rampant speculation has suggested Oklahoma City, which would certainly bring the most high profile game for the Western second game of the expected doubleheader. Other possible options include the Suns, Nuggets, Spurs, and Mavericks.

We'll have more on the opening night matchups when the NBA officially releases its opening night, Christmas Day, and MLK day schedule tonight on NBATV.

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Number7210
Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 7:08 pm
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Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 6:16 pm
 

Boston versus Miami leads opening night

The season doesn't start on Christmas?  News to me...



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 6:04 pm
 

Boston versus Miami leads opening night

Well, they have played on Team USA.. But regardless I think there is no way Miami starts 0-2 with their talent.



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Boston versus Miami leads opening night

This story is going to get really old really fast.  Yes, there will be a whole lot of hype to see Lebron, Wade, and Bosh for Miami, but after we all realize that the rest of the team sucks and that the Heat aren't as dominant, this story will be dead.  I predict a team fight before the All-Star break.




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:27 pm
 

Boston versus Miami leads opening night

Heat 103 Celtics 85 , next.....



Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:27 pm
 

Boston versus Miami leads opening night

Has there been any report of when Miami visists Cleveland?  Isn't that the most important date onteh NBA calendar early on?  That game is going to have crazy ratings. 



Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:29 pm
 

Boston versus Miami leads opening night

Good!  We can see early on that the Heat aren't that much better and that the Celtics are still the team to beat in the East.



Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 11:22 am
 

Christmas Matchups

Lock it. David Stern is too smart to let Christmas go by without a Heat at Cavs matchup. The only other game I could see is Heat at Lakers. I bet they save that game for another day. I bet Celtics at Lakers follows Heat - Cavs. Somewhere David Stern is gazing over the NBA like Al Pacino in The Devils Advocate. 



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 11:08 am
 

Boston versus Miami leads opening night

Get some Boston!


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