The 2010-2011 NBA season opening week schedule has been released and it begins with an exciting season opener – the Miami Heat facing the Boston Celtics in Boston on October 26.
The Los Angeles Lakers will also play opening night, facing the Houston Rockets following the Heat vs Celtics game. But that match-up isn’t nearly as exciting as Miami and Boston.
Miami, who now has the most star-studded team in the NBA with All-Stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, will be a NBA Championship competitor for sure. And let’s not forget who won the Eastern Conference Finals last year and took the Lakers to 7 games in the NBA Championship Finals. The Boston Celtics will be fighting for that title again this year, and it wouldn’t be too unlikely to see Miami and Boston facing each other in the Eastern Conference Finals this season. Boston’s line-up hasn’t changed much with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett leading the way again. Starting center Kendrick Perkins will be out until February 2011 due to an injury, but Celtics snatched up Jermaine O’Neal to take his place in his absense and center Shaquille O’Neal to play back-up to Jermaine.
The starting lineups for these teams look like an All-Star team roster:
Miami Heat Starters
Point Guard: Mario Chalmers
Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade
Small Forward: LeBron James
Power Forward: Chris Bosh
Center: Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Three of the five Heat starters are new additions to the team this year.
Boston Celtics Starters
Point Guard: Rajon Rondo
Shooting Guard: Ray Allen
Small Forward: Paul Pierce
Power Forward: Kevin Garnett
Center: Jermaine O’Neal
All but Jermain O’Neal, started on the Boston Celtics last season.
In some ways, it will be old All-Stars vs the new All-Stars. The Boston trio of Allen, Pierce and Garnett (average age 34) vs. the Miami trio James, Bosh and Wade (average age 26).
All of the Heat starters (with the exception of Ilgauskas who is 35-years-old), are under the age of 30 – Chalmers is 24-years-old, James is 25-years-old, Bosh is 26-years-old, and Wade is 28-years-old.
All of the Celtic starters (with the exception of Rajon Rondo who is 24-years-old), are over the age of 30 – Allen is 35-years-old, Pierce is 32-years-old, Garnett is 34-years-old, O’Neal is 31-years-old.
The NBA season opener of the Miami Heat against the Boston Celtics in Boston on October 26 will be shown on TNT at 7:30p.m. EST.
To check out the 2010-2011 NBA season partial schedule visit ESPN.com.