The Boston Celtics open up the season Tuesday night in Miami against the Heat, the exact same place where their season abruptly ended last year. The Heat retooled to a degree over the off season with the signing of former Celtics guard Ray Allen. They also signed Rashard Lewis as an extra big man off the bench. What will be the biggest matchup to look for on Tuesday? I say it’s a battle of the big men.
Kevin Garnett and Chris Bosh have been battling against each other for years and it’s usually Garnett who gets the better of him. That does not figure to change on Tuesday as KG has caused all sorts of fits for Bosh over the years, but I mean really, who hasn’t by Garnett? There is a reason he will be a first ballot hall of famer one day. Bosh has a similar body type to Garnett but is often uncomfortable driving against him from the top of the key, where he often gets most of his touches. The key for Bosh will be to make sure he is sticking with Garnett on the perimeter as KG is always a consistent threat for an outside jump shot. I think the Celtics will prefer to keep Bosh out of the lane for most of the game as it will allow Paul Pierce, Jeff Green, and the other Celtics wings ample room to drive to the hoop. Bosh is arguably their top pure shot blocker, so it will be nice for the Celtics to have clear driving lanes.
The Celtics can live with Bosh getting his 15-20 points, they just need to make sure they don’t get beat by the Shane Battier’s and Norris Cole’s of the world.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18