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NBA Season Opener Pits Miami Heat Against Boston Celtics

BOSTON - APRIL 27:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat heads for the net as Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics defends during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at the TD Garden on April 27, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Heat 96-86 to win the series. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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deleteth accounethCorrespondent IIIAugust 3, 2010

Reports have surfaced that the Miami Heat will meet the Boston Celtics at home in the NBA's season opener October 26 on TNT.

The potential opener offers many story lines that would appeal to casual and hardcore fans alike.

Not only is the game the first look at the new look Miami Heat, it would pit the "new big three" of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade against the "old big three" of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.

The Celtics were responsible for eliminating Wade and the Heat from the playoffs last season.

They were also responsible for knocking James and the Cavaliers off in the conference semifinals, ultimately leading to a hailstorm of criticism regarding James' play, followed later by James' departure from the Cleveland organization. 

And as the Celtics are the defending Eastern Conference champions, this would provide the Heat with the opportunity to prove their mettle and answer critics who question the makeup of their team.

Additionally, former Celtics G Eddie House, who was a key part of the 2008 championship run, has agreed to terms with the Heat, and former Heat big man Jermaine O'Neal has signed with the Celtics.

This opening day spectacle is not only a potential ratings boom for the NBA, but should offer value as a great game for basketball fans.

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