While looking over these two rosters, I saw that many of the players have been teammates with players sitting on the opposite bench.
Some of these teammate pairings occurred long ago, like Peja Stojakovic and Mike Bibby. Others were together just recently, like Erick Dampier with the Mavericks. Another instance is when players played ball in college together, like Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller.
There are many former connections between these two ballclubs, and that is why it is shaping up to be a competitive and fun series.