A night that Miami Heat fans have been looking forward to for quite some time is finally here. The lockout kept us waiting a while, but South Florida will transform into a basketball town once again as the Heat will play their home opener tonight against the Boston Celtics at the AAA. Like the Heat, Boston also began its season on Christmas Day, but unlike the Heat, Boston couldn't get the win. The C's lost in New York to Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks, and now will come to Miami hoping to avoid an 0-2 start to the season.
- LeBron James averaged 28.8 points against the Celtics last year.
- This is the first of four games against Boston this season, but they won't play each other again until April.
- The Heat is 13-10 all-time in home openers, winning their last 3.
- The Celtics have won 8 of the last 9 regular season meetings against Miami.
- The Heat eliminated Boston from the playoffs last season, beating them 4-1 in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals.
- Mike Miller (hernia) and Eddy Curry (hip) are out for the Heat.
- For Boston, Paul Pierce (heel) is questionable. He missed their season opener against the Knicks on Sunday.
Tipoff from the AAA is set for 8pm. The game will be broadcast nationally on TNT.