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Celtics Will Open 2012-13 Regular Season against Ray Allen and Miami Heat

 

If there is one thing the NBA does especially well, it’s picking the right teams to kick off the regular season. With arguably the biggest story of the offseason being Ray Allen hopping ship to South Beach, the league is taking advantage by bringing its fans what should be a ratings bonanza right off the bat. According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel the Celtics and Heat will kick off the regular season on October 30th next season in Miami, as Allen faces his former teammates in the place their season ended last June.

To further add to the intrigue, the Heat will likely receive their first championship rings in a ceremony before the game, as the Eastern Conference runner-ups are forced to watch, knowing they were the squad that gave Miami their toughest test last postseason. It’s also the second time in the past three seasons Boston has opened the season with Miami, as the C’s hosted LeBron and company in his Heat debut in October 2010 at TD Garden.

The remainder of the NBA schedule will be released Friday, but be prepared for a number of additional leaks throughout the week as the C’s will be sure to be playing in additional high profile affairs, as they have for the last few season. Boston won’t match up again with the Heat on Christmas, as the defending champs will face off with the Oklahoma City. You can count on Boston being on the slate for the fifth straight season on Christmas Day (perhaps battling New York or the Lakers?). A steady stream of TNT, ABC, and ESPN games have to be expected as well with the re-tooled Celtic roster making them more of a contender than ever in the Eastern Conference. We’ll keep you posted on any additional schedule information as it comes out in the coming days.

In the meantime, just 98 days and counting until Boston and Allen face off for the first time in six years.

  • GowGow

    Bring it, we're ready.

  • Michael

    Too bad Avery B won’t be back in time for the opener. I’d have him stick Ray Ray all game long and laugh at his inability to even get the ball, much less get a good look at the basket.

  • wildcat96

    David Stern is such a sleazebag

  • cowboy

    Three long months. Now if only the NBA would be smart enough to off the League Pass for just single teams at a reduced price.

    • Zee

      Yeah, that would be great, but I can imagine that paying for single teams would add up to costing you more in the end. For example, more than one team would probably be followed. More than likely, Boston, Miami, Lakers, Clippers, OKC and the Knicks. Depending on how much each of those would cost individually, those packages alone may add up being more than if you got it all in one full swoop. Also, it's easier to keep up with sales wise.

    • NZNICK33

      Don't they do that already? At least they do it internationally.

  • Lantrell Walker

    Was there another other justifiable or better way to kickstart the NBA season? Doubt it
    Win or lose, I'm just glad that we can get our hands on Miami this early in the season, watching them raise that "banner" of their's and celebrating is more than sure to not only dump even more gas on this already flaming rivalry, but to also pour more gas on the fires of KG, Pierce, Doc and Rondo.

    #WeBelieveIn18
    #IAmACeltic

  • I_Love_Green

    We'll show them how hard its gonna be to defend that title…starting day 1.

    Lets go baby.

  • James Patrick

    Screw the heat and their new primadonna Allen!

  • IBleedGreen

    Can’t wait. Let the season start already.

  • Nate

    It would be niceeeeeeeeeeee for the celtics to win that game !!!!!!!!!
    Hopefully on the route to #18. ;)

  • Miggy_Miggz

    Great way to start the season.. Great opportunity to send the league (and Ray) a message.

  • guest

    Cheat will kill old farts

  • Steve

    I hope we can stick it to em
    That would boost our morale and fire on the way to banner #18

    GO BOSTON CELTICS!!!

  • Justin

    I wasn’t a fan of this move but the NBA knew what they were doing with Ray Allen in South Beach and Boston’s retooled roster they knew this would be a perfect opening night I can’t wait my Celtics will be more than ready for the challenge we are going to show them Cheat what it’s like when you mess with us now we have a great team I do wish Bradley was there but we don’t need to rush him back I pray he has a speedy recovery and a healthy return but as stacked as we are I say we can still beat Miami but let’s get it the Celtics will be ready trust me this game is going to send a message to the Heat the NBA and everyone this is our year nothing and nobody else matters! #TeamCeltics

  • Josh

    I hate you Ray Allen. I hope KG illegal picks your @$$ alllllll game.

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