Miami Heat (0-0) VS Boston Celtics (0-0) @ TD Garden on TSN, 7:30 PM ET
Line: MIA by 1.5
Reason to watch: If you prefer the Hard court instead of the frozen pond, then the beginning of the NBA 2010 season kicks off in Boston. LeBron James will make his first official debut to showcase his “talents” with his new teammates ( I’m sure he’s been displaying his many other talents in South Beach like how to buy a $50 million dollar home and how to drop crazy money at the South Beach clubs that are open till 4 AM).
Former Raptor Chris Bosh also makes his debut tonight (break a leg! Literally) it will be interesting to see how Bosh is going to get his shots in this offense. Knowing point guards Mario Chalmers job is to basically bring the ball up the court and look his to his left and right to see if Wade or James is open, Bosh maybe frustrated with how he is featured with his new team. Now that a lot of the offensive pressure has been taken off of Bosh, well see if he applies more attention to his defense like he did in Beijing 2008, where he led the USA team with 6.1 rebounds a game.
The Heat despite having the most talented 2-3-4 in the league, they are lacking serious talent at the 1 and 5 spots. While Mario Chalmers is a solid player with a good 3 ball, Chalmers is not in the same league as the guy he’s playing tonight in Rajon Rondo, but he’d struggle against guys like Derrick Fisher or Jarrett Jack. At the 5 spot Miami has Montreal native Joel Anthony, who’s listed at 6-9 is very raw and averaged 2.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg. After Anthony, the Heat have 35 year old Zydrunas Ilgauskas, so health will be at a premium his season for the boys from South Beach.
The Celtics made having a “Big 3” in vogue again, are even more veteran laden then ever before with Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, and Delonte West adding to a team that came a game away from being world champions. The Celtics and Heat is most likely our Eastern conference finals and we’ll see how Doc Rivers and his Celts tries to attack this very talented Heat team all season.
Check out LeBron’s new Nike Commercial, the guy is clearly lost.