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Game 1/82: Boston Celtics (0-0) vs. Miami Heat (0-0)

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The 2010-2011 NBA  season tips off tonight with perhaps the most anticipated game in the history of the NBA.  NBA fans are eagerly awaiting to see if assembling a group of superstars in the prime of their careers will redefine the league for years to come.

Consider this the first observation in the case study, and it will be a doozee.  The Boston Celtics may be trying to downplay the excitement around this game, but make no mistake, the green team wants this one.  They want to go out and show who the team to beat in the East really is.

The Celtics have begun each of the past three  seasons the same way.  In the long run, the Celtics know the regular season does not mean much.  However, the Celtics have been the most successful when they have gotten off to a great start.

They are ready.  Now you all need to be.

Consider this your open thread.  What are you seeing?  Are the Heat playing well together despite a disappointing Preseason?  Does Kevin Garnett really look 100% back from his injury?  Is Shaquille O’Neal able to hold his own on both ends of the floor?

Prediction: 96-88, Celtics win

  • lakerhater13

    Boston 112-Miami 96. This doesn't have anything to do with tonight's game but could Erden be a poor mans Gasol? Luke maybe a Matt Bonner type player? Bradley a poor mans Wade? I think the future looks good for these young guys.

  • I_Love_Green

    Oh boy, boys. Its almost time!!!!!

  • Akj

    Had to be the first. Go celtics! I’m sh**ing myself waiting for the game. GO GREEN!!!!!!

  • I_Love_Green

    Holy shit. 28 minutes!

  • Morpheus

    OH YEAH BABY 5 minutes…….i'm so giddy right now

  • Kobe's Father

    Celtics win 99-94.
    Then go on to win two titles and no more no less.

  • Morpheus

    106-92 Boston

  • Morpheus

    Hope Shaq goes off tonight,he might get off to a fast start then Miami will adjust slowing him down somewhat.
    14points,8 rebounds,1 block,2 assists

  • I_Love_Green

    Alright gametime baby!!!!!

    Rondo will either be trashing arroyo, or wearing down Wade.
    Ray Ray will either be raining threes over arroyo, or wearing down Wade.
    Paul will be doin' work on Queen james.
    KG will eat RuPual alive in the post, showing him how a real big man plays ball.
    Shaq will just swallow Joel Anthony whole. Come on, he's atleast 4 inches shorter than the Daddy.

    The Boston Bench Mob will come out one by one, and do their own work. I've been waiting so long for this day, and its finally here!!!!!!!!!! The Heat have 3 guys who will do decent-good against us. Thats not enough.

    GO CELTICS!!! and as always……

    LET GINO DANCE BABBBYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOO LETS GOOOOO!!!!

  • Morpheus

    Shaq's gonna dunk on Anthony at least twice in the 1st

  • Morpheus

    Nice play to get it to Shaq in the paint,but oh baby Shaq missed a bunny

  • Morpheus

    Aaaaah come on Shaq

  • Morpheus

    Rondo running the point

  • Morpheus

    BS call that was a steal……Oh my Shaq running the floor

  • Mike

    Rondo is so special.. so many hall of famers on the floor tonight and he is shining the brightest

  • JP-

    the difference so far=Rondo, shows how important a good point guard is

  • Morpheus

    KG NOOOOOOO,surely that was a goaltend from Bron

  • JP-

    goal tend!!!

  • Morpheus

    It touched the glass first right,beautiful play by Baby taking the charge from Bron

  • JP-

    LOVE the defense by the Celts, KEEP IT UP!

  • Morpheus

    Ya the defensive rotations from the Celts is-

    AMAZING,notice how they plug any driving lanes just long enough to throw off any penetration from Wade or Bron.

  • Morpheus

    Quisy with the nice post move

  • Morpheus

    DEFENSE!!!

  • Morpheus

    Nate is SPRINGLOADED…..what a move….Jordan style…nice pull up from Quisy

  • Morpheus

    DAAAAMN Nate is super quick

  • LaBroad who?

    Goal tending anyone?

  • LaBroad who?

    Has the “other three” sst down yet?

  • Morpheus

    Another BS call….clearly a charge from Bron on Pierce

  • Morpheus

    FRICKIN TURNOVERS

  • Morpheus

    Yes they have,Broad

  • Morpheus

    Yep i see it KG definitely looks 100%,that missed put back dunk woulda been NASTY.He's moving better off the dribble and his jumper looks pretty much 08 form

  • I_Love_Green

    Oh my goodness. THAT DEFENSE!!! Really the only thing killing us is the turnovers. Keep those down in the 2nd half and we'll be fine. I think Rondo has to start looking for his shot more early in the 3rd, just to let them know he's not all about the passing.

  • Zain

    @ Morpheus: Btw that actually was a blocking foul, Pierce wasn't set. Although my initial homerism reaction was WTH.

    Loving this so far. Way too many T/O, we could be routing them if not for that.

  • LaBroad who?

    Sat down? Sorry…

  • moxie

    I wish they'd stop calling the Miami guys the "big 3."

  • Morpheus

    Shaq's giving the Miami bigs period pains…..

  • Morpheus

    Come on now NOW YOU CANT ARGUE THAT CHARGE FROM BRON ON PP

    • Zain

      Yeah that was a charge. BS call.

  • drugsbunny

    heat look asleep; something’s definitely off. I’m watching at a nice restaurant so the sound is off, wish I could hear the game being called. Nate Robinson seems pretty excited.

  • Morpheus

    What happened to Pierce?

  • JP-

    LeBron is taking over, this could be a bad thing. We need to play team defense in the 4th

  • Morpheus

    We'll take the LeBron hit on the jaw it had to come.Control our turnovers in the 4th and we'll be fine.JO looks rusty

  • LaBroad who?

    Wish I could sync EEI’ to the TV. This is like listening to miami home annoucers. Also, KG is off… Not good. As the Miami parade to the line begins we need to go down low and get to the line as well.

  • Morpheus

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAABYYYYYYYYY

  • Morpheus

    PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRCEE

  • Morpheus

    HUGE SHOT FROM THE TRUTH…..momentum swing……COME ON CELTS

  • JP-

    what just happened? 10 point lead, now a 3 point lead?

  • Morpheus

    PHEW gave me a scare there towards the end of the 3rd leading into the 4th.
    One glaring weakness-Rondo's jumper.Has not improved one bit,still the same from last season.Thank God we got Delonte,seriously he will be the key player in these sort of games folks.
    During the start of the 4th i saw a lot of Rondo dribbling dribbling dribbling and more dribbling he got off a couple nice assists i think but it also killed our offense.I'm not saying we're better off without Rondo by any means,that's ludicrous,but his lack of a decent jumper still scares me.Again thank God we got Delonte.
    JO didn't do much
    KG choked some key fts
    -Ray with the clutch 3

  • I_Love_Green

    @Zain- I went with option number two. Just says Boston Celtics with the Celtics part in 3d letters, and then a little shamrock underneath.

    Good choice I guess

  • lakershater13

    I thought it would be a much higher scoring game. I was very wrong. I was right about the outcome. I like the cocky comment from Rondo saying they are the team to beat. I agree. The super friends haven't done anything yet. Rondo with 17 assists was awesome. 2-9 shooting for him not so good. Great game 1-0. Im happy.