After a long, eventful offseason, professional basketball is back as we celebrate the 2012 NBA Opening Day in style with a TNT double-header.
Tonight, the defending champion (0-0) Miami Heat embarks on its long journey towards “Not 3, not 4, not 5…” NBA Championships as they take on none other than the hated (0-0) Boston Celtics.
American Airlines Arena in (chilly) Miami, FL, will be the site for Game 1 of the 2012 NBA season between these Eastern Conference powerhouses.
Opening tipoff for this Celtics vs. Heat clash is scheduled for just after 8 p.m. EST and, as mentioned above, it’ll be broadcast live on TNT Sports.
According to the latest 2012 NBA odds, Miami is listed as -6½ betting favorite over the C’s (+6½), who some in as underdogs just just over two three-pointers.
In addition to those probabilities, NBA predictions specialists also believe that they’ll combine and score an OVER/UNDER total of 186 points tonight.
By far, the biggest storyline between these old bitter rivals has been the less-than amicable departure of Ray Allen to South Beach.
However, what really put this thing over the top was the fact that Allen decided to move to South Florida for half the money the Celtics were willing to pay, which didn’t exactly sit well with his former teammates..
During the whole ordeal, the only one who reached out to the former Three-Point champ was Kevin Garnett. KG texted Allen during the offeseason, not only to wish him well during his decision-making process, but also to reiterate team’s desire to keep him in Beantown.
“Do what’s best for you, but know we want you to come back,” Garnett texted.
Nevertheless, Allen not only decided to break up Boston’s “Big Three,” but in the process, also took some shots at Rajon Rondo, which is appears to have aggravated the situation.
While Doc Rivers continues to downplay the entire thing, the fact that this is the first time that Paul Pierce, Allen and Garnett will see each other on the court makes this season opener a must-see event filled with drama.
“Once the game starts, I am going to look across the court and see LeBron first, Wade second, [Chris] Bosh third, then I’ll probably get to Ray,” Rivers said. “Other than that, it will be different. I’ve been in the league a long time. I’ve seen guys in a lot of different uniforms, teammates, guys I’ve coached… It’s part of NBA life.”
While it’s almost certain that “The Truth” and the “Big Ticket” will not sprinting across the hardwood to give Allen a warm embrace tonight, the newest Heat claims that, in spite of it all, there are no harsh feelings towards any of them.
“I think you guys think I have some type of animosity or bad blood against them; I don’t,” he said. “I’ve said it time and time again, we’ve shared, in my opinion, the most special thing you could do in sports, going all the way to the top.
“So that’s always going to be No. 1 closest to my heart, so when I see Paul, I’m not going to be like angry at him or anybody. I’m happy. I’m excited. I look forward to it, seeing all these guys.”
Will you be tuning in to watch what should be a very physical, emotional affair?
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