Overture, curtains, lights,
This is it, the night of nights
No more rehearsing and nursing a part
We know every part by heart
Overture, curtains, lights
This is it, you’ll hit the heights
And oh what heights we’ll hit
On with the show this is it
Tonight what heights we’ll hit
On with the show this is it
The NBA regular season starts Tuesday night, with three games on the docket; with at least three of the six teams on the hardwood, expected to be among the strongest squads in the Association in the campaign. Unless the havoc wreaked by Mother Nature on Monday, becomes too big an obstacle to overcome, there should be three interesting contests as the season gets underway.
Two young, rebuilding franchises will go toe-to-toe at the Q in Cleveland, as the Washington Wizards will be the guests of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Washington will debut what they hope to be their starting back-court for the foreseeable future, as John Wall and rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal, will be on the court at tip-off. Trevor Ariza, will be the club’s starting small forward, while the Wizards will take advantage of the size on their roster; with Nene at the four-slot and Emeka Okafor in the middle.
Although Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott, put last season’s NBA Rookie Of The Year Kyrie Irving, into the starting lineup from Day One of the last campaign; the player they drafted this past June, Dion Waiters, will not be a starter opening night. Scott will give the starting nod to veteran C.J. Miles, in his first season in Cleveland; after playing for the Utah Jazz for the first seven years of his career. Alonzo Gee will be the holding down the small forward position, while Tristan Thompson will join him as the other starting forward. Game officials will keep a close eye on center Anderson Varejao; alleged to be an habitual “flopper” in the NBA, now that they will punish players they believe are exaggerating contact on the floor.
The other two contests, will make up the nationally televised double-header on TNT; with the first game a repeat of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals, as the Boston Celtics face the defending NBA Champs, the Miami Heat in South Beach. The Heat will head onto the floor with the same starters they completed last season with, as it will be Chalmers and Wade at the guard slots, Battier and James playing forward and Chris Bosh the starter at the pivot position. The two biggest questions for Miami will be, how effective can Dwyane Wade be, with a body ravaged by injuries; as well as how big a weapon will be former Celtics guard Ray Allen, coming off the bench.
Boston took Miami to seven games in the Conference Finals last season and have a team that is vastly improved over that squad. Garnett, Bass and Pierce will once again form the Celtics front-court; while Rondo will be joined by veteran Courtney Lee, who will be the starter at the two-guard slot, while Avery Bradley, recovers from shoulder surgery.
The final game of the night will pit the last two teams to win an NBA Title from the Western Conference; as the Los Angeles Lakers will welcome the Dallas Mavericks to the Staples Center. Dallas currently resembles a M.A.S. H. unit, as Nowitzki and new center Chris Kaman will be on the sidelines for the opener. There are reports that Eddy Curry could get the nod as the starting center, as Dallas takes the floor on Tuesday.
Los Angeles however, could be on their way back to the Finals, as Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace, will be joined by two very talented players. Steve Nash, even at his age can still consistently rack up a double-double and the Lakers now have the best center in the Association in Dwight Howard. Those two stars, could help Kobe and Company, reach the Finals for the fourth time in the last six years.