Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  86 responses

Opening Night: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics

The Globe has sources claiming that it’ll be Boston and Miami facing off to kick-start next season on national television: “Miami’s new Big Three will be making their regular-season debut against the Celtics’ Big Three at TD Garden. According to a league sources, the revamped Heat, featuring the daunting trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, will open the NBA season against the Celtics Oct. 26, a clash that will be nationally televised by TNT. The league will release its opening week and Christmas Day schedules tonight on NBA TV, and it’s expected that the Heat and Celtics will be prevalent in those games.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The NBA sh* the bed….it should have been Miami @ Cleveland. That may have been the most watched opening night game in the history of the NBA.

  • Groves

    cosign Eboy

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Miami @ Cleveland would have been a kick in the teeth for the Cavs. I’m sure they’ll tuck that game away during a slow period in the season to avoid as much ugliness as possible.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    co-sign Eboy but then what else would Cleveland fans have to look forward to the rest of the season?

  • Filipe

    #3 is right. It would be great for ratings, but awful for Cavs and is fans. League will hide that game (probably puting it during NCAA tournment).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    @omphalos…I don’t know, if the Cavs could have willed themselves to pull off the upset in front of a rabid, out of blood crowd, that may have been the greatest win in the history of the Cavs organization.

  • ber

    I doubt Stern cares about the Cleveland fans’ feelings. It’s all about the ratings.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    @Filipe, I disagree. The league might not milk the cow for what its worth but it’s gonna get that milk.

  • http://Www.lkz.net Darksaber

    So X-Mas game is Team Nazghul vs. LA, right? Btw, now that Pat Beverley has signed with Miami, does Olympiakos Athens have ANY star wings left? Childress, Kleiza (played the 3 in Greece a lot) are also back in the L.

  • http://Slamonline.com Philly

    terrible opener

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I want the Knicks to come get a hiding in PHX during the pagan festival of saturnalia (25th december).

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The Bulls heading up the mountain (salt lake)… Miami head to LA… John Wall vs Chris Paul.

  • Sam

    How about we make Miami @ Cleveland on Valentines Day….that would’ve been the funniest game ever created. Still, it should be Boston @ Miami, for the sake of opening night being for the Miami fans, so they can have the honor of watching them play first.

  • Dagger

    Yeah, why would the league showcase a game between the current EC champs VS the league’s new title contenders on opening night? Why not have a game – Cleveland VS Miami – that celebrates the absolute worst the league had to offer this summer and might result in a really ugly scene? Brilliant idea guys . . . .

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    who cares about the opening game, really? they’ll all play rusty and whoever wins, the press will act like that team has the edge in a playoff duel. ridiculous sht like that.

  • T-Money

    Cheryl, I know it means nothing in the grand scheme of things but opening games are still lots of fun. First opportunity to see the pieces that were brought in over the summer play a meaningful game.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Celtics have a big 4…Rondo counts. Should be a good game. Tag line should read: Eddie House faces off against his former team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Old super team vs New super team.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    So you guys would rather watch a blowout than two teams who could meet in the ECF. You guys are so smart…

  • byebye

    The league will only show that cle vs mia on national tv twice the heat goin 4 75 wins good golly lol

  • LM

    So agree with you Kap, I think a Miami @ Cleveland would be interesting, but no one wants to watch a blowout the first night. Celtics vs Heat is worth watching and will generate ratings, as I’m sure they will employ Old vs New Big 3. Icing on the cake would be if the Celtics crush them….which I hope they do. Go Celtics!

  • T-Money

    Clevelanders say they want Bron on opening night but I don’t think they REALLY want him to go for 40+ on Joey Graham and the game to be by 20 midway through the second quarter. That’s the new reality for Cleveland.

  • Kundai

    I like it look at wade to explode little bit of a grudge for knocking them out last season.


    Bulls at Knicks on Christmas. I love it.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Damn, this will probably be the hardest game to get tickets to in Boston this season, Lakers included.

  • funkdoc

    I honestly think that things could get very, very ugly when Miami plays @ Clevenland. I mean, very, very ugly. I hope they check the fans for guns; seriously. Imagine if something happens to ‘Bron…

  • funkdoc


  • Javy

    If a fan jumps out to the court and punches LB in the face, then I would watch Cleveland vs Miami.
    Otherwise, Old, veteran, high-cholesterol celtics is a better choice. Celtic’s are looking to get younger by trying to sign Shaq…that can help!!!
    The game of the season will be Lakers vs Miami…other than that, it will be a walk in the park for those clowns in the East.

  • Ali Saadat

    If it was Miami @ Cleveland then Cleveland would get destroyed on its home floor. But with Boston and Miami it could be a close game.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    sadly, funkdoc may be right…

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    I’m actually gonna go crazy and agree with Kap. Who the hell wants to see the Cavs get blown out by their former savior? Pretty dumb idea, guys.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Wait….the Heat are viewed as being good now? I thought all of you morons said that the Heat “will struggle with timing, getting to know each other, unfamiliarity” and ……oh yeah….Lebron sucks. The Cavs could have been the favorites if that’s the case, no

  • The Philosopher

    Funcdoc, letsmotor:
    I understand the concern, for one never really knows what another is thinking at any given moment.
    But, The League probably will cross t’s, dot i’s.
    This is The King.
    They can’t let anything happen to The King.

  • MikeC.

    I’m amped up for this game. I think we’re going to see KG’s intensity jump to a level comparable to the 2008 Finals. I’d give the first-game edge to the Celtics based on continuity and familiarity amongst the players and coaches. Maybe KG’s head will spin around and fire will shoot from his eyes.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    @Eboy, looks like they’ve been upgraded to “evil clowns”.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Eboy that’s some crazy spin right there.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Not really, Allen, I was being sarcastic, but I’ve heard this more than you’d believe.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    LA Huey, whatever their nicknames may be, all the haters can go suck on Pat Riley’s grey, wrinkled nutsack and pleasure the best GM in the league.

  • Allan

    Miama will get an ass kicking from Boston’s big three. I doubt whether Miama will gel enough on the first day to beat a championship team Boston ! I hate Miama now because Lebron and a non-elite-pretending to be Chris Bosh.

  • SpaceJam

    I think would be a great match. Especially because Boston would be fresh with all of their old legs. But I wish it was Miami and Chicago; the 2 teams that had the best off seasons. I Think the Bulls could take them.

  • horsey

    is miama a cool new nickname for miami? doesn’t have the same ring to it but i guess i’ll give it a try…miama wins in boston by 4.5, unders at 195.

  • T-Money

    I think Miami is going to try to prove a point next year exactly like the Celts in 08 and just dismantle teams. People are sleeping on the kind of Team USA-style defense those 3 are going to play with a coach like Spo. Miami was ALREADY one of the best defensive teams in the league. You’re going to see some really ugly scores like 98-72 vs Charlotte and things like that. Unlike the Lakers and the Celts, Miami will not be a “big picture” team next year, they’ll try to prove a point every single game. This is going to be must see tv.

  • R2J

    I don’t believe Miami will come on top in the east, where is their defense? Miami looks like the Suns of the east with so so defense!

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    I see Miami taking pride in their defense with Bron and Wade ignite some open court SLAMadamonth-worthy plays. This is going to be fun.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Damn Jukai, how you gon put me on blast like that??? I always make good points. It’s just that you guys never get those points.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    Where is the defense on Miami which has two first-team all NBA defenders, a fantastic defensive minded point guard and a 7’4 starting center?
    Good question.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    Sorry Kap, never said you weren’t a smart dude, just meant we don’t always see eye to eye!

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Its cool, I never take offense to anything on this site.

  • Overtime

    Can you actually imagine, if it came to it that Lebron missed critical free throws, and someone had a massive dunk on him, or J.J Hickson swatted him, or something like that, just imagine the smiles on the face of Cleveland

  • T-Money

    Juks: you think Z gets the starting nod? He showed last year that he is CLEARLY better in a starting role but every analyst seems to agree that Joel will get the starting nod. I seriously look at Joel as 10-15 mpg guy MAX. I think Z can still give you 25 mins.

  • The Philosopher

    Not to speak for Jukai, but I think he’s saying that Z is a starting quality center, if not starting on Miami.
    Could be wrong.

  • T-Money

    the philosopher: not sure i understand your clarifications. i’m even more confused now.

  • ConeyIslander

    One more time, MIA in CLE on MLK day! They better deliver, that’s a no-brainier! lol

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Z is gonna have a foot injury sooner or later so I say start Anthony so they team does not lose a step when/if Z goes down. Joel adds more to team than Z does in my opinion with his shot blocking and offensive rebounding.

  • BostonBaller

    I totally agree w/ Cheryl. I’m a C’s fan all the way but it’s funny when people say Miami will not jell, did anyone watch those three in the Olympics? I agree that The Heat will be amp’d EVERY game, their top 3 guys are young which tells me that 2 out of the 3 will be jacked and ready every game if not all 3. The luxury of having Wade n Bron is that they both are top 5 guys in the L so even if the entire team has a lapse during a game one of the two will be able to carry them just as they did in previous years. With that said I look for a very close game or we may get blown out in game 1 but as someone smartly stated above. “The C’s are a big picture team and Perk is in our BIG picture.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Im still attempting to realize the total implications of dwyane wade and lebron james being on the same team.

  • T-Money

    Kap: I don’t think you need to start Joel. He has no ego and he’s an energy guy anyways. Z is a slow veteran that needs to get loosened up. Z still eats up a lot of space, gets tip ins and has a money jumper.

  • T-Money

    total: i know! nba 2k doesn’t do it justice. these guys are in the top 10 for points AND assists. and they’ve added a top 10 points/rebounds dude. i feel like bosh will be sneaking up on people, he did get 24-10 last year. it’s just…

  • The Philosopher

    I feel you. I’ll try again.
    What I think he’s saying is that Z is still a starting center in The League, even if he doesn’t start for Miami.
    Again, could be wrong.

  • Th3_R3al_Chris

    With The Big Diesel starting at Center for The Celtics. Count me in.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    How funny will it be if the Heat lose? What will their excuse be?

  • ClydeSays

    Should be a fun game. Won’t be a real match up until Perk is back though. I imagine Team South Beach will be the Suns of a few years back (and the good Kings team)
    High scoring, run and gun…

  • http://sdfkjlf.com Jukai

    No, I think Z SHOULD start for Miami… They don’t have any real great defensive presence at center, so you might as well start the guy who is gonna eat up a boatload of space in his 7’4 frame. Plus, as T-Money said, Big Z plays better starting out so he can be warm after practice.
    Joel Anthony plays the same regardless.

  • http://sdfkjlf.com Jukai

    The Promise: There’s always an excuse. Everyone who is saying the Heat wont win cause they have no bench/chemistry/defense will act like the Heat were DESTINED to win cause of their superior talent.
    The people who act like the Heat are the clear cut favorites will blame a lack of bench and chemistry, and talk about next year.

  • bash

    @jukai: LOL, yeah Dwyane Wade and Lebron are great on-ball defenders *rolling eyes*. They rarely put the best defensive players on the All-Defensive team, everyone knows that. Playing the passing lanes and guarding the worst player on the other team so you can get steals and leak out doesn’t make you a good defensive player. And Big Z is supposed to be a defensive presence in the middle? Be a student of the game, not a fan.

  • The Philosopher

    ^^I agree that at this point Z is a defensive liability.
    Who else do they have?
    Joel Anthony is younger, thus more lithe, but then there is Juwan Howard.
    If they jump him at center, he will be undersized.
    Either way, the Heat are going to be fine.
    Even without the defensive presence at center, they are deadly.
    Just pure deadly.

  • T-Money

    Um Bash… actually, yeah… Bron and Wade are very good on-ball defender. LeBron just swallowed Paul Pierce in the playoffs.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Who cares, Orlando is winning the east.

  • http://sdfkjlf.com Jukai

    Bash: Lemme guess, you think Wade and Lebron shouldn’t be there, but Kobe should, right?
    Z isn’t a good defender but he’s not a liability. No way.

  • CelticsFan!

    I actual think this could be a really good game. Should be very interesting. CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SEASON TO START!!!!!!

  • Jacob (from Australia)

    2010 All Star Game. Wade MVP with 28, 11, 6 and 5 steals. LeBron with 25, 6, 5 and 4 steals. Bosh 23 and 10. I can’t wait to watch the Heat play to be honest.

  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    I really feel everyone who’s crying out for Miami at Cleveland. But think about it-you get a bunch of angry maniacs screaming and booing at Lebron, but by the end of the 3rd quarter, when Miami is up 25, noone will care anymore. I want to see The Queen get booed out of the Q too, but I’d much rather watch my boys spoil her Opening Night fun.. (in person too-can’t wait)

  • JTaylor21

    Do all you clowns even know that the heat were the second best defensive team last year. Then you trade beasley for bron; who’s light years ahead defensively. Him and Wade are gonna wreck havoc on opposing backcourts. Kobe better trade places with that broad from colorado because he’s gonna get violated in so many ways with no vaseline.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    @Jukai: Yes, there will always be an excuse for LeBron. The guy makes me sick man, hes such a cop-out. Boston will be hard to get by in a 7-game series. They ain’t won nothin’ yet.

  • http://sdfkjlf.com Jukai

    The Promise: I Like how you only read half of what I read. Selective reading at its best.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Vince Carter: “Which one of you teams am I going to choke against?”

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Will definitely be something if Rondo shows up and out-Lebrons Lebron on opening night en route to a win. But ultimately this is just one game, right? No significance in the big scheme of things.

  • oinestep

    The new big 3 vs the old big 3…….can’t wait

  • hobbes

    JTaylor u can scuk on Bron’Dcik while Egirl n Jugay matserbate 2 each other.

  • LB

    It’s a decent opener. There needs to be a little momentum built before the Heat hit Cleveland. Win one for the King Shaq er..the Celts..

  • WangChung

    1. I’d have greater doubts about Bron’s mid-range game than his defensive abilities.
    2. LOL @ Anton.
    3. @Hobbes: Dude, you need to deal your own issues about sexual orientation and quit projecting onto others. It’s not a good look.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Miami at Cleveland doesnt go on opening night simply because lebron wont be able to play the next 81 games after.. jk.. but seriously, the only time i’ll root against Miami is when they play Cleveland..

  • hobbes

    wangchung hows yr hk gf doing?

  • RayD

    Ok, my buddy called me this morning to tell me HE HAS TICKETS FOR THE CELTICS VS HEAT OPENER!

    Yeah baby!

  • Andre

    I think it’s going to be a very interesting season, and it’s a great opener. Boston is the best team in the East while we can’t evaluate Miami, that’s the favorite for the bookers.

    The Magic won’t be a problem for Miami imo. Their frontcourt is a joke compared with Miami’s. Howard is not enough to even things. I just think Magic could be a much better team considering Lewis and Carter make more than 20mi/year.

    The great point is how much work Bosh can give on the post to opposing teams with size, like Boston or Lakers. And if Bosh/Z/Joel/Lebron will be able to compete for rebounds with those teams. They’ll have a hard time facing Gasol/Bynum(if health) or Perking/KG/Shaq/JO’Neal.

    I don’t know how they’re going to deal with this, but maybe with Wade ability to make plays, something Mo/West couldn’t make on Cavs, Lebron can play a little closer to the post, where his size makes difference.


    Boston Celtics win! Miami is not a super team Miami has some new stars lets see if they can play some ball together. Boston is a super team they have had time to mesh and really play ball as a team they are a older team but wiser and more exp and i mean b ball is not football you can be old and still play for example well just look at Jason kidd!. so all the older players on the Celtics are good still in there prime and can brake out and make buckets at any time shaq will body anybody in the nba period! how my nuts taste! lebron lol. i feel this will be a close one but Celtics take this one rondo is going to shine this season he has enough speed for all the Celtics