In case you haven’t heard, there’s going to be a game in South Beach on Tuesday night. And despite what you might think, there will be plenty of Boston Celtics fans repping for our boyz come tipoff. Nobody in the NBA travels better than our Boston Celtics – and I mean nobody – because the Celtics are a brand with fan loyalty worldwide. We’re a passionate fan base with rabid followers. We follow every single shred of news, real or imagined, that leaks out of the offices on Causeway Street.
And on Tuesday night, the few and the proud who venture into Miami’s gym will get an up-close-and-personal look at the reconfigured Celtics.
That means kicking the tires on a potential new starting lineup of Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Courtney Lee. Okay, so only Lee figures to be new to the starting five, but how he performs on the defensive end of the court will be every bit as important as what he brings on the other end.
Our fans will get a good look at Jeff Green, as he begins his Celtics career anew. How many minutes Green plays – and who he plays them against – is an intriguing storyline going into this game. Will he take a turn at guarding LeBron James? Without question I see that happening. How he fares is another matter entirely. But it’s one of those battles that Celtics fans everywhere have been waiting for, and those who show up on Tuesday night will get a good look at Green’s ability to slow LeBron and possibly knock him off his game.
And then there’s Jason Terry. Our fans in South Beach will get a taste of JET fuel for the first time. Without question Terry is smart, clutch and savvy. He’s not afraid of the big stage or playing agaisnt the NBA’s best – he was one of the key pieces of that Dallas Mavericks championship team that dumped the Heat two seasons ago. But Terry is hardly a spring chicken – the man has been around awhile. What will he mean to our Celtics this season? We get a good first
And if we’re lucky, they just might get to go home happy.