The first game will be on TNT, followed by two on ABC and two on ESPN. The league will announce the details of the five-game opening day on Friday. The first game will begin at noon Eastern, followed by tip-offs at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Expect the first game on TNT to be the Celtics vs. Knicks game from Madison Square Garden. The two ABC games will be a finals rematch of Dallas vs. Miami followed by the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Bulls. All of those were scheduled Christmas Day games prior to the lockout.
The other two games are unknown, but expect the 10:30 p.m. start to be a West Coast game.
One other bet is that you will see big names and matchups as the league will want to make as big a splash as possible. My gut would say the Thunder would be in there somewhere and that the late game will include Blake Griffin and the Clippers. But that’s just a guess.
I came out of Game 6, and really these entire playoffs, liking Chris Bosh more than I did going in. And I liked him going in.
On the court in the playoffs he showed how he can be a quality counterbalance to the Heat’s ball handling combination of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. When given a mismatch to exploit, he did so well.
But after the Game 6 loss he left the court and collapsed in tears. For some out there, that was another reason to mock the big man, and he was asked bout those tears in his post season interview, as recorded by the Miami Herald.
“I haven’t experienced that pain in a very long time,” Bosh said. “To be so close and work so hard and come up short, it just got to me. It took over me.
“I’m not an emotional guy. I couldn’t help it. I got it out of me and feel a lot better.”
Bosh’s postgame emotion showed me how much he cared. How much he wanted it. No arrogant remarks to the media, just a guy who sounded humbled and clearly hurt.
Bosh can get overshadowed by LeBron and Wade, he is not a guy with a big personality. But after Game 6, he seemed more humanized, I could relate to him more. The loss felt personal to him. I have no doubt Bosh will come back next playoffs better, and more mentally prepared to take one more step forward.
Close games, plenty of drama, dramatic comeback, some feistiness — these finals between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks had it all.
And they had some great plays. The fine folks at NBA.com compiled these for us and we bring them to you for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy watching what it looks like when LeBron James actually took on his defender and attacked the basket (it did happen a couple of times this series and we have the video proof). Also enjoy watching Dirk Nowitzki do his thing.