The 2010-2011 NBA season begins on Tuesday, October 26. An exciting TNT doubleheader highlights the three-game Opening Night schedule. Each game features a team that made it to the Conference Finals last season and last season’s NBA finalists anchor the TNT doubleheader.
Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, 7:30 PM ET on TNT
Opening Night 2010 will tip-off with TNT covering the much-anticipated debut of the Miami Heat All-Star Trio. The new-look Heat, led by Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade, will visit the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics at TD Garden in the season’s first game.
Both teams will debut new additions in this rematch of last season’s first-round playoff matchup. The Heat added Bosh and James to a team already featuring Dwyane Wade to form an all-star trio. The Celtics added two former Heat centers, Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal, to fortify their frontline.
Game 1 of the NBA Opening Night Schedule is a precursor to the drama and intrigue the full NBA season will bring; and it is fitting that it tips-off TNT’s season-long NBA coverage.
Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:00 PM ET
Another rematch from the 2010 NBA Playoffs is part of the NBA Opening Night Schedule. In the second game of the night, Brandon Roy and the Portland Trail Blazers will host Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns at the Rose Garden.
The Suns will begin life without Amar’e Stoudemire against the same team they eliminated from the playoffs last season. While the Trail Blazers will continue to wonder when, or if, the Greg Oden era will begin.
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 PM ET on TNT
The two-time defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers will host the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center in Game 2 of TNT’s opening night doubleheader. TNT’s coverage will include the ring ceremony prior to tip-off.
This matchup will mark the return of Rockets center Yao Ming, who will be playing in his first game since injuring his left foot in Game 3 of the 2009 Western Conference Semifinals against these same Lakers.
Back then, Ron Artest was one of Yao’s teammates. Artest, who is now a Laker, had a brilliant performance in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics and is one of the major reasons the Lakers are the team hosting a ring ceremony on opening night.
NBA Opening Night, just like the rest of the NBA season that will follow, will be filled with drama, intrigue, and rematches.
More coverage of the 2010-2011 NBA Schedule:
2010-2011 NBA Schedule Heat at Lakers on Christmas Day
2010-2011 NBA Schedule Lakers and Celtics Host Opening Night
Information from NBA.com’s Scores and Schedule was used for this article.