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Rant and Rise: Miami Heat Win, Los Angeles Lakers Fall, Dan Gilbert’s Comments

Here’s the latest edition of Rant and Rise for October 31, 2012:

Miami Heat Beat Boston Celtics

Not only did the Heat get to celebrate receiving their rings from last year’s NBA Finals, but they got to open the 2012-13 season with a big 120-107 win over one of their biggest rivals in the Celtics. Despite missing most of the second half with cramps, LeBron James started off the season on a positive note after recording 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds while Ray Allen–who spent the last five seasons in Boston–had a solid debut with 19 points against his former team.

It may be just one game, but there’s no question these two teams have what it takes to be the best in the Eastern Conference–which means it’s going to be a fun season of basketball.

Dallas Mavericks Spoil Opening Night For Los Angeles Lakers

So much for not worrying about their 0-8 record during the preseason, right?

After acquiring Steve Nash and Dwight Howard this offseason to play alongside Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace, the bar is as high as it could be for the Lakers this season, but Tuesday’s loss to the Mavericks may be a reason of concern for how out-of-sync this team is playing together. Not only did Los Angeles end up losing the game 99-91, but they lost against a Dallas team playing without star forward Dirk Nowitzki–who is still recovering from offseason knee surgery.

Dan Gilbret Regrets Comments Made Following LeBron James’ Departure

Remember two years ago when Gilbert guaranteed the Cleveland Cavaliers would win a title before James and the Heat. Obviously, the Cavs owner wasn’t even close as the Heat enter the 2012-13 season looking to defend their title, but it’s good to know Gilbert is willing to admit it was wrong of him to make these comments.

In Gilbert’s defense, it’s never easy to see one of the greatest players of all time bolt for another team–so it’s easy to see why he was frustrated over the situation.

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