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Heat, Ray Allen to open season against Boston Celtics

Jul 23, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

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This is going to be fun. The Miami Heat are going to get their rings and raise their banner on Oct. 30 in their home opener against the Boston Celtics. Then the Heat — with former Celtic Ray Allen on the roster — will open their title defense against the team they faced in the Eastern Conference finals.

The full NBA schedule will come out later this week but Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel got a sneak peak at some of the early games.

After their home opener the Heat will catch a plane for a Nov. 2 game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The NBA final rematch with the Oklahoma City Thunder comes on Christmas Day in Miami. Winderman has more.

The Heat is scheduled for only one visit to Brooklyn to face the Brooklyn Nets, on Jan 30. In addition, the Sun Sentinel has learned the Heat will play Jan. 17 at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers, and then host the Lakers for their lone visit South Florida visit on Feb. 10.

Few champions are used to having a target on their back all season like the Heat, but it will be interesting to see how the team approaches the regular season.

  1. delfi2 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Bulls 72 win record in jeopardy. mark it down, take a picture, idgaf

    • finsfan71 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      No chance. The Heat will win enough to assure themselves of at least a 2 seeding. Maybe if Tibs were coaching the team, that guy doesn’t believe in throttling back for a playoff run.

    • gepsep - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      You suck with your ”Friday” movie lines, man!

  2. finsfan71 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Yawn.

    The C’s will beat the Heat 3 out of 4 during the regular season, then their season comes to an abrupt end at the AAA around mid-May.

  3. misterdreamer119 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    The the Heats are favorites until Wade get injured like he does every year.

    • finsfan71 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Seems to me he was playing injured and they still held a parade through Downtown Miami.

  4. londonaiooo - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Well they’ll be starting 0-1. Also KG’s head may explode, he won’t be at all happy about watching that.

  5. cantonbound13 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    If the NBA had a sense of humor the Heat would open against the Cavs.

    • finalword33 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Except, nobody cares about the Cavs since Lebron left…and no one wants to watch that game anyway.

      • truthhurtstoo - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        nobody cares about the celts either…

  6. diablito0402 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    The only bulls record the heat will break is the number of fans jumping on heat bandwaggon, 2 years ago heat where nowhere to be found, silly fans, LOL.

    • finsfan71 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Miami fans have the common decency to not chit talk when the team blows. Unlike the rest of you blowhards that scream “we’re number 1.” Knicks fans come to mind immediately.

    • finalword33 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Wow, I wonder why. I also wonder why the NBA Finals viewership has been more popular the last 2 years than any other years in history. Lebron transcends the Miami Heat right now. It’s all good for the game though.

      • southbeachtalent - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        People love to hate, it’s the american way!

  7. pellypell - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Hey Ray, have fun watching your new team collect their rings while your old team, the one that the Heat beat to go on to the Finals, looks on.

    Where are you going to stand during the ceremony?

    Love,
    Celtic’s Fan Everywhere

    • finsfan71 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      Ray asked me to relay this for him…

      ….go fahk yahself, cahksahker!

      • pellypell - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        Please, facking Ray wasn’t even heya longa nuff to get an ak sent.

        We’ya happy to see him an his mudda, Flo..leave town.

        Ray Allen, the Hoppa.

      • elComandanteenJefe - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        No doubt that this has been the MOST entertaining exchange I have read to date.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        You obviously don’t read these blogs much. This ain’t nuthin’!

  8. jjordannba - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    The Heat play the Nets in Brooklyn once which means they play in Miami the other 3 times, why?

    • edweird0 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      ‘Cause that’s the way the cookie crumbles?

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      The Nets will only play the Heat three times next season. Once in Brooklyn, twice in Miami.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        It’s not because of restaurants. Brooklyn is the new Manhattan as far as dining out is concerned. Maybe it’s because Brooklyn in winter sucks compared to Miami.

    • moneylaundromat - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Don’t question David Stern’s NBA schedule! $20,000 fine for you!

    • nobandwagonridersallowed - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      @ jjordannba. “The Heat play the Nets in Brooklyn once which means they play in Miami the other 3 times, why?”

      It’s because the Heat are the reigning NBA Champs… Its a respect factor by the schedule makers to have the Champs play more home games in a regular season series. On the topic at hand however, you just had to know that the NBA was going to have the Heat vs. Celtics as an opener. Ray Charles & Stevie Wonder could’ve both seen that one coming.

      I can’t wait to hear that commentator say, “Ray Allen is lighting it up from downtown!!!” (emphatically)

  9. southpaw77 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    If OKC plays Miami on Xmas does that mean Lakers vs Celtics as the other game? Or do they go LA vs LA or Knicks vs Lakers?
    Gotta show Ray Ray return to Boston as a tv game also, sometime during the season.

    When does Nash return to PHX and will there be some boos.

  10. jamesbmckay - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Looking forward to the Cs ruining the Heat’s ring ceremony. And of course our guards shutting down Judas. Going to be a very pissed off C-team having to be there to watch, but with the victory and motivation we’ll turn what could be a lame night into something positive for C-fans everywhere. F the Heat. Go Cs…

    • b7p19 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Yeah, I’m sure the Heat will be real broken up about that regular season loss as they slip those rings on their fingers in front of KG…..

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        And Bingo was his name-o. Fact is, Lebron can’t forget about his first title fast enough and if Riley and crew can remind Wade and Bosh and Chalmers, etc. that this is about multiple titles then the Heat will cruise to the Finals again at the very least never mind what happens opening night against a Celtics that will once again be there in the end but only to play golf while the Heat play in the finals

      • finsfan71 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        Hey jimmymarlinsfan,

        Not sure if you realize the bingo line comes from The Departed but I’m betting you do. Brilliant!

  11. jimeejohnson - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Another Heat title is contingent upon those Lakers getting Dwight Howard. All bets are off if the Lakers get Howard. I’m no Lakers fan, but I like their chances if they get Superman and who doesn’t like Jack Nicholson? Any team with LeBron James is going to be tough to beat now that The King has learned to sink the dagger deep into the heart of the opposing team. Ask the Celtics: they’ll tell you.

  12. southbeachtalent - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    I must admit, Ray will probably feel a bit awkward during the ring ceremony.

    BUT, after all that hoopla is over and done with it will be game time and the C’s will start the season down 1. I can already see Ray shooting that corner 3! What a beautiful sight!!

  13. rodge1 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Will be another great season in the NBA…

    And @ diablito0402: you’re just a bitter bandwagon-hater that can’t spell the word bandwagon…

  14. thejotapee - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Christmas Day match-up predictions:

    • Heat vs Thunder (NBA Finals rematch)
    • Knicks vs Nets (Battle for NY)
    • Lakers vs Clippers (Battle for LA)
    • Spurs vs Celtics (Battle of the old f*cks)

    • guyaneserj - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      LMAO @ Spurs v Celtics comment…

  15. robbie84 - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    It’s between the Heat and Celtics in the East next year. This season, Celtics are much stronger defensively and depth wise than last year- they lose Ray, but they get Terry, Green and Lee. Once Avery Bradley comes back they will probably have the best defense in the NBA.
    Heat have gone berserk with even more stretch shooters to pile on threes and their bench is going to bring consistent shooting no matter what the rotation is. Seeing Wade and Lebron surrounded by Bosh, Ray and Rashard is a scary thought.

    All I know is it’s gonna be a fun season.

  16. robbie84 - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    I’m a die hard Celtics fan, and I gotta say It’s between the Heat and Celtics in the East next year. This upcoming season, the Celtics are much stronger defensively and depth wise than last year- they lose Ray, but they get Terry, Green and Lee. Once Avery Bradley comes back they will probably have the best defense in the NBA.
    Heat have gone berserk with even more stretch shooters to pile on threes and their bench is going to bring consistent shooting no matter what the rotation is. Seeing Wade and Lebron surrounded by Bosh, Ray and Rashard is a scary thought.
    Danny Ainge has re-tooled and gotten bench scoring and bench defense to try and limit Miami’s stars from beating us and forcing them to shoot consistently from long range- we tried this in the most recent playoffs and it almost worked…Miami were just too good from outside in the end, will be tough once again with only one or two of Ray, Miller, Battier, Rashard, Chalmers catching fire.
    Should be exhilarating basketball though.

    All I know is it’s gonna be a fun season, and with the Bulls out it’s really a two team race.

    ps. Go Celtics!

  17. naterich21 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    I don’t think Doc’s going to give a f about next season’s record even though his team is actually capable of snagging the 2 seed this year. He’ll probably just settle for winning the division

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