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Schedule Watching: Heat or Cavs on Opening Night???

People really, really care about the NBA schedule. Fans—and some coaches and players—parse the schedule for signs of their team’s place in the league hierarchy. Fans obsessed with getting “disrespected” raise hell when their team draws a ho-hum season-opening game or gets left off the Christmas schedule.

I find this entire thing amusing. Witness: Plugged-in reporters coming out with conflicting, anonymously-sourced stories (or Tweets) about which team Boston will face on opening night, as if this is an actual story of any importance—and as if the actual schedule (the whole thing!) won’t be released soon enough.

Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer tweeted about eight hours ago that the Celtics would open the season on Oct. 27 against the Cavs, meaning the league would give the prime opening Eastern Conference game the night before to the Heat and Magic. OMG!!! Disrespect to Boston!!

But wait!

The Globe and the Miami Herald reported a couple of hours later that league sources—anonymous sources for a story about the NBA schedule!!!—are claiming the C’s will open the season against the Heat. And all is right with the world! Boston gets its proper respect! As for Orlando—I hope nobody tells Stan Van Gundy.

Seriously: The opening night schedule will be released tonight at 7 p.m. on NBA TV, with the full schedule coming later this week. I can hold my suspense until then. Respect comes from success in the playoffs and running a professional organization, not from TV scheduling.

  • dont_drink_the_koolaid

    SVG is going to have some classic verbal outbursts about the Heat this year. Reporters will keep prickling him and he will blow at some point. Pat Riley is in his head. LOL.

  • NHBluesMan

    i just keep thinking to last year when SVG was upset about the Christmas day games… maybe that was cause the Celtics beat the Magic, in their house, WITHOUT Paul Pierce?

    i know its fun to watch your team in a big game on opening night, but it gets out of hand sometimes.

  • Perry

    I hear it’s Celts/Heat in Boston, October 26th. Better theater would be Heat at Cleveland, but the Celts should have a say about opening night as will the Lakers who are slated to follow at home vs. Yao.

    Not sure if anyone would agree, but I wouldn’t miss those Christmas Day tip offs. Needless to say they are one of the three top ratings draws — Heat and Lakers included. So I expect another lost day with family.

    …Shaq last night on Jimmy Kimmel: ‘The Celtics would be a good program’

  • morey grundmaN

    Look, if the opening night were a 7 game series with Miami the officials would find a way to make it go 7 games. The NBA is corrupt and no way the series would go 7 games between Boston and LA had the officials been honest

  • dont_drink_the_koolaid

    i was considering whether to buy tickets for a celts/heat game this year…..but it just seems low to buy a ticket just to hate. however, very much looking forward to the first heat game in cle though. man o man.

    looking forward to the bulls and bucks when they come through this year.

  • DeVelaine

    @Perry: MIA @ CLE would be better theater, but let’s be real… The game would be an absolute stinker, since the Cavs are pretty weak without LePunk.

  • BS

    I checked Brian’s tweet – it says that the CAVS are opening their season on 10/27 (it doesn’t say when the Celtics are starting). Therefore, it’s possible that the Celtics open against the Heat on 10/26 and then play the Cavs on 10/27.

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