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Is Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat the Best Rivalry in the NBA?

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Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst IAugust 7, 2012

The NBA season commences on October 30 with two games.

One game pits two young and up-and-coming teams in the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards, and will be a fun game to watch; just because of the sheer offensive firepower for both teams.

The second game is a rematch of this season's Eastern Conference Finals, which stretched to seven games. A series which pushed both rosters to their wits' end. 

The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will open their seasons by seeing who has the better roster after both teams made major additions.

One of Miami's new rotation players is Ray Allen, the former starting shooting guard of the Celtics, who unceremoniously left.

Allen supposedly did not get along with point guard Rajon Rondo or coach Doc Rivers after Doc made the decision to put the ball more in Rondo's hands.

These two teams aren't fans of each other. Rondo certainly agrees with me. When Allen left for Miami, the bad blood between the teams likely increased.

In a league where the two best players—Kevin Durant and LeBron James—are best friends, it is hard to find rivalries.

Half of the elite players like to play with one another, making rivalries in the league scarce.

Thankfully, the Celtics and Heat aren't friendly with each other. These two teams give us the best rivalry in the NBA—bar none, and one of the better ones in all of sports.

It is only fitting that the two teams are opening the season. Ray Allen faces his former team, while his current team, the Heat, earns their championship rings.

I'll say this: I can't wait for these two teams to face off on October 30. I think I echo the sentiment of all Celtics fans out there.

It is time to put banner No. 18 up in the Boston Garden.

However, before any championship promises can be made, Boston needs to get past Miami.

We'll see which team made the better additions when the Celtics head to Miami to face their hated foes and the major roadblock in their quest for another championship. 

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