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Welcome to the big time Miami — and a tough start to the season

Aug 3, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for wade_bosh_james_highfive.jpgYou wanted to be big time, you wanted the spotlight Miami. Well you got it. And everything that comes with it.

Like a tough first week. First you get the Boston Celtics in Boston. Three nights later you get to host the Orlando Magic. The last two Eastern Conference champions in your first two games. Two teams with the size at center to attack your on-paper weakness.

It’s a big break for Boston and Orlando. There will be no easy games against these Heat, but you want to catch them before they really gel. This team is built to win a lot of regular season games (and playoff games) but there will be some adjustment period with an entire new roster. They will be good at the start, but two more established teams that know themselves will have an advantage in October they would not by January.

To be fair, Orlando is not very happy with this schedule either. They open their new Amway Center against Washington on Oct. 28 then one night later get Miami on the second night of a back-to-back. A rested Miami.

I know what Stan Van Gundy said when he saw that schedule. I can’t print it, but I know it.

The other games we know about the Heat: Christmas Day they are in Los Angeles to face the Lakers. Earlier in the month, Dec. 2, LeBron James makes his first return to Cleveland in what will be a highly charged, highly anticipated game.

But first the Heat have to get through a difficult first week. It’s the price of being on the marquee.

  1. LeFool - Aug 3, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    Calling it now, LeBron James will not play in either game at Cleveland, citing safety issues or a phantom injury.

  2. GRiZZ - Aug 3, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    I can honestly see the Wizards beating the Magic on opening night.

  3. milagros cuba - Aug 4, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    kurt kelin why tou hate the heat are you from ohio

  4. Zachariah Blott - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    All of the Opening Night, Christmas, and MLK Day games discussed and graded.
    http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/8/3/grading-your-2010-11-seasons-marquee-games.html
    Orlando should be able to catch the Heat early simply because their offense is a set, workable system, but Miami’s team D will take some time. I think Miami will be fine stopping teams that rely on a guy or two who freelance from the perimeter because James and Wade can simply stick them, but team’s with an offensive system will be problems in the first half of the season.

  5. kyle B - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    i think if Boston can stay healthy they can beat both the Lakers and possibly the Heat. The Celtic are stacked at every position and now they got J.Oneal and possibly Shaq to back up Perkins sounds like bad news for other teams. They wouldve won the Finals if Perkins didnt get hurt.

  6. DesiBALakerFan - Aug 4, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    @Lefool get over Cleveland. With or without Lebron the Heat beat Cleveland. NOBODY cares bout Cleveland anymore.
    @Milagros – U really shud read the article before posting. It was actually an up the middle fact based article.
    @Kyle I am the Laker Fan. I agree except for one thing. Celtics winning game 7 in L.A. Now if you said had game 7 been played in Boston even without Perkins the Celtics win. I wud agree especially as bad as Kobe played. Thats why they play the regular season. :)

  7. jaided - Aug 4, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Here u go again with the what ifs…. who cares the lakers won the nba finals who cares about perkings, if bynum isnt injured the whole finals their never is a game 7. shaq, come on now shaq aint shaq anymore he aint wearing a laker jersey. he aint winning the finals ever again. unless kobe retires before him.3 peat. old ass celtics wont stay healthy.

  8. Rick92886 - Aug 4, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Just wanted to say what jaided already said. Lakers three-peat.

  9. moolah954 - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    dose anybody take a look at Miami’s roster last year and our record and take a look at our roster now .. you only hate what you fear

  10. Anonymous - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    “It’s the price of being on the marquee” So why do the Lakers open up with a non-playoff team and then a team that lost Stoudemire! What’s that all about? 22 million viewers in LA talks loud, but make LA earn these repeats! Give LA a tough schedule for a change!

  11. Anonymous - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    “It’s the price of being on the marquee” So why do the Lakers open up with a non-playoff team and then a team that lost Stoudemire! What’s that all about? 22 million viewers in LA talks loud, but make LA earn these repeats! Give LA a tough schedule for a change!

  12. blueballsenyourmouth - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Okay bird magic and jordan all in there prime against these three. What is the over/under

  13. jaided - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Did u cry when mom told u santa didnt exist. because what ur doing is a whole lot crying about a schedule. all teams play each other win as many games u can thats why they play each game. stop whinning about the schedule have u looked at all games for both teams to figure that out. how do u know the level of competition ea team will play against the champion lakers. just another laker hater trying to sound smart and made himself like dumb. tool.

  14. blueballsenyourmouth - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    no hand checking

  15. Doug - Aug 4, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    okay how about a mini mike, mini magic, and mini bird just to make it fair

  16. Clint1992 - Aug 4, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    BRON WOULD OWN JORDAN

  17. Anonymous - Aug 5, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    Lakers should be opening up with Orlando, Dallas, Denver, Portland, Oklahoma City, Spurs, Utah, Boston, Chicago, all the playoff teams!

  18. jaided - Aug 5, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    go cry to ur momma

  19. Omnius - Aug 5, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    All the tough early schedule means for the Heatstroke is that they have an easy ending schedule, obviously Corrupt Stern is on the take for Miami. The early game against the Celtics is a present to the Heatstroke as Perkins won’t be available for Boston. Going to be funny to watch Shaq help the Celtics beat the Heatstroke. Still the only thing that matters is that the Repeat World
    Champion Lakers will Threepeat next June no matter what comes out of the Eastern Creampuff Conference.

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