MIAMI — Happy Opening Night folks!! We report live here from Miami where there is a sense of anticipation for the kickoff to the season and the Miami Heat ring ceremony. The Celtics will not be on the court to watch the Heat receive their rings because the Heat designated 20 extra minutes before the game for the ceremony.
The Celtics will remain in the locker room. All players expect Avery Bradley are healthy but the inactives will be Bradley and rookie center Fab Melo. There were no handshakes yet from Ray Allen to his former teammates. Allen came on the court hours before tipoff, in his customary ritual, talk with a couple of Celtics team officials but no players.
PG Rajon Rondo
SG Courtney Lee
SF Paul Pierce
PF Brandon Bass
C Kevin Garnett
PG Mario Chalmers
SG Dwyane Wade
SF Shane Battier
PF LeBron James
C Chris Bosh
- Brandon Bass will start at power forward. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Bass plays well against the Heat and is more comfortable defending their pick-and-roll sets.
- Bradley had the fourth-year option picked up on his contract and he will be eligible for a long-term extension next summer. Bradley is expected to return to the lineup in December.
- Darko Milicic is not wearing any brace on his right hand, an encouraging sign that he’s near completely healthy.
- Ray Allen told the Globe that he couldn’t have gone wrong either way signing with the Celtics or Heat, but he did not that the Celtics could have eliminated any controversy of free agency by signing him to an extension during last season.