The Miami Heat season debut will be one of the most analyzed games in recent memory. Pundits from ESPN, Sports Illustrated and right here on Bleacher Report will be writing lengthy pieces about how the results of the game will prove what they had predicted all along about this team, and that those in disagreement need a reality check.
Say for instance, the Celtics pull this one out. The Heat start the season 0-1. After the Heat haters do their celebratory dance of joy and "I told you so" chest bump, we will be treated with a flood of blogged comments from critics who will engage is a spirited back and forth about the "real ramifications of the game" with Heat fans.
This will result in both defensive responses from fans and indignant dismissals by Heat haters as all sides will try to convince those few neutral parties out there the validity of their point.
A few arguments you're likely to see from Haters:
-"Joel Anthony sucks, where was his rebounding in that game. The Heat can't win with that scrub of a player."
-"The Celtics are just the better team people. Deal with it. Boston's going back to the finals and LeChoke is going to fail again in the playoffs. Kobe's the real King!"
-"The Heat clearly couldn't handle the size and experience the Celtics bring to the table. They were outplayed and outclassed."
Meanwhile, the Heat fans will be forced to put some type of positive spin on the game regardless of the margin of loss. Here are a few of their arguments:
-"It's just one game people. No panic."
-"Seriously, it's just one game."
-"Man, the refs didn't call anything in this game. LeBron and Bosh drove to the basket and were clearly raked across the arms but no foul. What are they looking at out there?"
This will make for a spirited conversation in the hours after the game, but ultimately it will be irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Last year, the Celtics were 1-3 in the regular season against the Orlando Magic, but in the playoffs, the Celtics beat the Magic in six.