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On Tuesday, the Boston Celtics, who kick off Christmas Day against the New York Knicks, head down to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat in their home opener.
The Celtics, who took third in the Eastern Conference last season, return their big four starters, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo, a surprise after Rondo was openly shopped this offseason. Regardless, while Rondo continues to develop into an All-Pro guard, the original Big Three continues to age and battle injuries, a bad sign considering the Celtics lost quality backup Jeff Green earlier this week and Glen "Big Baby" Davis to free agency.
The Heat, led by the new Big Three of James, Wade and Bosh, face a pair of tough teams to start the season but follow Tuesday’s game with a run of seven sub-.500 teams over their next nine.