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Celtics, Heat set for Opening Night matchup

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  July 23, 2012 03:21 PM

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The Celtics are expected to be the defending champion Miami Heat's first regular-season game as the two teams will face off on Oct. 30 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel received a copy of the Heat's schedule, expected to be officially released in early August, and reported the Celtics are the opening game. An NBA source confirmed that the retooled Celtics will be the first opponent for former Celtic Ray Allen and the Heat.

The two teams have created an intense rivalry over the past few years, with the Heat rallying from a three games to two deficit to win the Eastern Conference Finals in June before beating the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games for the championship.

The Celtics have added re-signed Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, Jeff Green, Chris Wilcox and added Courtney Lee and Jason Terry to face the Heat, who signed Allen on July 6 after five years with the Celtics.

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