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Game 1: Celtics (0-0) at Heat (0-0) Open Thread

 


Boston at Miami
8:00 PM
American Airlines Arena
TNT

Offensive Efficiency (2011-12)
Boston: 98.9 points/100 possessions (24th)
Miami: 104.3 points/100 possessions (6th)

Defensive Efficiency (2011-12)
Boston: 95.5 points/100 possessions (2nd)
Miami: 97.1 points/100 possessions (4th)

Probable Miami Starters: Mario Chalmers (PG), Dwayne Wade (SG), Shane Battier (SF), LeBron James (PF), Chris Bosh (C).

View from the Opposing Bench: The Heat Index

THUMBNAIL: You might want to tune in late tonight and skip the Heat getting their championship rings unless you want to see Ray Allen standing awkwardly on the sidelines pretending he wasn’t roadkill on Miami’s road to the title. After that bit of unpleasantness, we should be in for an entertaining war. Boston and Miami have a wonderful old-school hate for each and it has only intensified since Kevin Garnett refused to let Allen post on his Pinterest board over the summer.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: So many things. Here’s a sampling of what I’ll be focused on tonight:

1. Who guards LeBron? Obviously, Pierce will get time on him but we might see Jeff Green and Brandon Bass check him, assuming James spends his time on the perimeter and in the post. Can the combination of the three of them wear him down over 48 minutes?

2. Was Green’s stellar preseason just a mirage? Everything in his history says he’s no better than average but his history is just that. I’m particularly interested in his assertiveness on offense. That $9M contract isn’t going to earn itself.

3. How does Courtney Lee handle Wade? If he wants the starting SG spot for good, he has to hang with him like he’s Avery Bradley.

4. What is Doc Rivers’ crunchtime lineup? Assuming it’s tight down the stretch, does Jason Terry get the call or will Rivers be looking for a stronger defender?

5. How long is the leash on Jared Sullinger? Boston wants this game and for Rivers, that usually means only his most trusted guys get floor time. We could learn something if Sullinger gets any kind of burn in the second half.

6. How many wide-open threes does Allen get as a result of James/Wade penetration? If it’s greater than four, will that finally make him feel appreciated?

7. Does Boston throw more big lineups at Miami than all the talk of small ball would have us believe or do the Celtics try and match Miami greyhound for greyhound?

8. Does Rajon Rondo harass Allen into multiple turnovers? You know he’s just dying to do it.

PREDICTION: Boston’s incorporating new parts and new rotations and Miami should be free and easy coming off a championship. It’ll be tight but I’ll say the Heat take this first contest.

Miami 99 Boston 95

  • High Rollers

    Kinks to work out, definitely, but I see a second half second wind after the early rocket launch in this contest. Good early chance to galvanize the new guys without overthinking things too much.

    C's by 3 tonight. Gotta get that W column started.

  • Josh

    I don't think we see alot of scoring here as 2 defensive juggernauts go at it. Add in new players, and first game rust and you got yourself a good ole fashion meat grinder. Celtics 87 Heat 85.

  • janos

    lets do win!! Rondos best season nba celtics one time all time!

    I am help you betters predict ;Celtics 98 Mim 90

  • elroz

    this Boston team needs time to get all of its players to work together like a true team – half a season at least I say. Will be a good team at first, but not great. The great.

  • KAFEL

    I also think it will be low scoring and close game but C's will take it by 5 ! Let's go Celtics!
    Hope to see KG owning Bosh.

  • James Patrick

    YEAH BABY!!!!!! CELTIC BASKETBALL IS BACK!!! AND F.U. crybaby #20! We're better without you and happy you're on a team with a bunch of other cry babies!

  • cjkasino

    Haha i hope ray gets a couple cheap shots by the jet and rondo…I’m just saying…but i wish the Celtics would kill them by 20+ but i don’t see that happening i believe more like Celtics 92- cHeat 87…with traitor Allen going 1-9 from the field…

  • I_Love_Green

    Game #1 on the road to 18!! Lets get it baby!

    Rondo gonna show the league he belongs in the elite category, and our bench will DOMINATE the Heat bench.

    CELTICS 88-83

  • Ryan DeGama

    Welcome back to everyone who was with us last season (or the ones before that). And hello to any new readers commenting for the first time. Hope you stay with us all year!

    • I_Love_Green

      I was here before you :)

  • Switcharoo

    Yea welcome back Celtics! Been waiting for this game since the schedule can out. Bring on the Heat and bring on Benedict Allen; I hope Garnett gives him an earfull.

  • I_Love_Green

    Embarrassing defense! Also let me know when KG shows up.

  • High Rollers

    A lot of moving parts, but the energy is good and the potential is obvious. Who’s going to repair the D-Fence?

  • High Rollers

    Guys gettin’ too frustrated out there.

  • someguyinsac

    I had hoped that Doc would make some tweaks to the defense at halftime that would help, but apparently they haven't helped at all.

    Anyways, there's still enough time left to pull off a win and I hope they do.

  • I_Love_Green

    Man this defense is just….sad. Did not expect our bench to get dominated.

  • I_Love_Green

    Also the demise of Ray Allen was greatly exaggerated.

  • KAFEL

    There was some good offense but there was NO defense tonight… And Jeff Green even played?

  • Phil

    Sigh… I don't think things were as bad as they seemed tonight, but there was definitely some disheartening stuff.

    I think I'm gonna have to take a position of complete apathy towards Jeff Green to avoid getting annoyed on most nights. He was everything everyone except homers and Danny Ainge expected tonight, and more.

  • High Rollers

    Jeff Green’s like Rondo. When it looks like he’s not showing up, it’s probably because he’s overthinkin’ it. On the flip side, Rondo was a little more than present and accounted for. Like, way more. Gotta stand up for the team. Building ID.

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