The NBA schedule 2010 opened with a star-studded lineup. Of course, the NBA schedule 2010 had opening night dominated by talk over the Miami Heat, like it will be all season. After the Heat got their Big Three locked up, pundits handed them multiple rings and 70-win seasons before they even took the court. Yet it was the Celtics and Lakers that played for the championship last season, and not LeBron James or the Heat. The first night of the NBA season helped reinforce that, as the Celtics gave a reality check to the Heat and the Lakers came back on their championship night.
After being together for only three minutes in the preseason, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh finally made a full fledged debut as teammates. But although everyone expected all three of them to light up the scoreboard, none of them did more scoring to speak of early on.
The first game on the NBA schedule 2010 had the Celtics stealing the spotlight, as the Heat fell down big at the start. None of their Big Three could do anything, while the Celtics’ own Big Three, along with Shaq and Rajon Rondo, did much better. Rondo’s 17 assists helped make up for a four point night, as he is now more important to Boston than Shaq, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
But as it turned out, James’ first game with the Heat resembled so many of his games with the Cavaliers. James finally got going and powered the Heat back into the game in the second half. But, while James got 31 points, he got almost no help from Wade, Bosh, or any other teammates, just like old times.
James’ one-man show was not enough, as the Celtics held on for an 88-80 win. Not spending much playing time together before last night hurt the Miami Big Three, as the NBA schedule might not be a breeze for them early. Meanwhile, the Celtics reminded the Heat that the road through the Eastern Conference still goes through them.
Yet the road to the NBA championship still goes through the Lakers, since they are the two-time champions. But the Lakers also got off to a slow start against the Rockets, although unlike the Heat, the Lakers made a rally back. They had players like Shannon Brown and Steve Blake hit big shots to secure a 112-110 victory.
While the Celtics, Lakers and Heat highlighted the NBA schedule last night, there was one other game. The Suns and Trail Blazers are looking to challenge the Lakers, and Portland got off to a head start with a 106-92 win. An 18-1 run in the final minutes, with 11 points coming from Nicolas Batum, secured Portland’s win.
Although the NBA had a big opening night yesterday, the season begins in earnest with 13 games tonight, with the Heat looking to rebound in Philadelphia.
Yahoo Sports- “Scores and Schedule: Oct 26”