After a summer of free agency, decisions, and trades, the 2010-2011 NBA season is finally here. The opening week of the 2010-2011 NBA schedule has a number of intriguing matchups including an October 29 contest between the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat.
The biggest game of the week however, is the opening night matchup between the new-look Miami Heat and the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics. The NBA schedule maker thought so highly of this game that it tips-off the 2010-2011 NBA season.
Tuesday, October 26, Miami Heat (0-0) at Boston Celtics (0-0), 7:30 PM ET on TNT
The NBA season will tip-off with the highly anticipated debut of the Miami Heat All-Star Trio. Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade will lead the revamped Miami Heat into the TD Garden to face the Boston Celtics. TNT will televise this dramatic rematch of last season’s first-round playoff matchup between two Eastern Conference rivals.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will play their first game together in the same building where they both played their final game of last season. After eliminating Wade and the Heat in the first round of last season’s playoffs, the Celtics dispatched James and his Cavaliers in the second. Both deciding games were played in Boston’s TD Garden. James and Wade will get an opportunity to avenge their playoff losses the same night they begin their quest to build a Miami Heat dynasty.
New Celtic Shaquille O’Neal will add to the drama of this season opening matchup. O’Neal would like to help the Celtics get an opening night victory and keep the bad memories of the TD Garden fresh in the minds of his former teammates, James and Wade. And for even more drama-Shaq once called Chris Bosh “the Rupaul of big men.”
Despite-or maybe because of-the drama this will be an exciting basketball game. The Boston Celtics are the reigning Eastern Conference Champions and the Miami Heat hope to build a dynasty of their own. The first step in that journey will be for the Heat to take Boston’s crown.
This game will give the Heat the opportunity to gauge where they are in relation to the Celtics.
Since the Heat’s new all-stars will still be getting used to their new teammates look for Miami to try to keep the game as simple as possible offensively. Wade and James will look to force turnovers and create opportunities for the Heat to get out on the fast break. Expect Miami to get out in transition as frequently as possible in an effort to avoid the Celtics half-court defense.
The Celtics will pound the ball into their post players and use their size to their advantage. Boston must limit their turnovers and control the defensive boards to keep the Heat out of the open floor.
This will be an intense battle between two Eastern Conference titans. The team that wins the rebounding battle and controls the tempo will win this dramatic matchup on TNT.
More coverage on the 2010-2011 NBA Season:
2010 NBA Opening Night Schedule
Miami Heat 2010-2011 Game-by-Game Predictions
Boston Celtics 2010-2011 Game-by-Game Predictions
Information from ESPN.com’s NBA Schedule, Boston Celtics 2010 Schedule, and Quotes of the Year for 2009 was used for this article.