College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
For most people the greatest time of the year is the Christmas Holidays, but for sports fans tonight marks the high point of their nirvana. Think about it. Football is going into week seven and games are gaining that much more importance. The NHL has already dropped its puck and hockey is in full swing (today is even better for Leaf fans, who finally have something to cheer about.) That brings us to tonight. Basketball is ready for its first tip offs and the NBA kicks things off with a bang. The Boston Celtics are on the road for game on and they find themselves in Cleveland to take on the new-look Cavaliers. The Celtics made some changes over the off season as well, most notably picking up big man Rasheed Wallace. The Celtic’s three-headed monster (Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce) got a little nastier with the addition of Wallace. The former Detroit Piston gives Boston a scoring threat down-low, from beyond the arc and more importantly takes the pressure of Garnett. KG battled through several injuries last season and the less he’s relied on to play entire games the better.
Starting at the beginning of last season the conversation in Cleveland has been about 2010 and LeBron James’ expiring contract. King James has been very diplomatic about the subject and maintains he’s focused on the season to come – not what will go down at the end of the year. Last season the Cavs were a series away from returning to the NBA Finals sine being swept by the San Antonio Spurs in 2006-07. Over the off season general manager Danny Ferry was busy improving the team, knowing that winning now may be the difference between James re-upping with the team or moving on. Ferry’s biggest move was trading centre Ben Wallace and forward Sasha Pavlovic to the Phoenix Suns. In return Cleveland got back a four-time finals winner, Shaquille O’Neal. Cleveland also added a couple of former Toronto Raptors Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon. With the new additions and the remaining players from last season, you have to believe James and the Cavs will be a threat come play off time.