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The Celtics season will start right were it left off: in Miami. Call it Game 8, Game 1 or whatever you so choose, this is sure to be a great show.
With the October 30 game, you are tuning in to see the theatrics just as much as the game. In reality this is a matchup of two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Beyond that, Boston must watch the Heat get their rings and Ray Allen line up on opposite end of the floor. This is also the NBA's first nationally televised game of 2012-13, and there are certain pregame rituals we can keep our eyes on.
The rest of the early going is a tad light for the Celtics. This is going to benefit them, as the team's talent alone can feast on the likes of Milwaukee and Detroit. Boston is going to have some trouble figuring out chemistry in the early going.
Playing just six games against 2011-12 playoff teams, one being Orlando, during this period will help the Celtics refrain from falling behind.
These early games are also interesting beasts in that we can find out what Doc Rivers plans to do with the team's immense depth. There are a lot of pieces that can contribute, and Rivers has to find time for most, if not all of them.
Matchups against very different teams like Philadelphia and Utah will tell us a little bit about how versatile this roster can be and how versatile Rivers will let it be. The 76ers will attempt to run on Boston like the semifinals of the 2012 playoffs. Boston is better equipped to deal with that this season.
Utah will be figuring out issues of its own, but can go very big against Boston. Size does not appear to be a strength for the Celtics, but this will be a true test for the two-(three?)-headed power forward monster.
October/November is going to be a learning experience for both fans and the team. Boston will be hashing out some things internally and will slip to a 9-7 start. Without Avery Bradley, there are some difficulties Boston will run into defensively and chemistry-wise. The Celtics main goal is to get healthy by early- to mid-December.
October/November W-L Prediction: 9-7
Wins: Heat, Bucks, Wizards, Wizards, Magic, Raptors, Pistons, Nets, Trail Blazers,
Losses: 76ers, Bucks, Bulls, Jazz, Thunder, Nets, Spurs