The Boston Celtics will finally begin their 2009-2010 campaign tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena. Both Celtics and Cavs title quests were stopped by the Orlando Magic, despite finishing the regular season with the two best records in the East.
Unsatisfactory playoff basketball resulted in both power house organizations to shake things up this offseason. The trend that bigger is better seemed to be in full effect after witnessing deals for Rasheed Wallace and Shaquille O’Neal.
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers has been extremely excited to welcome Sheed to Boston. “He’ll spread the floor offensively, something we’ve never had,” said Rivers. “Heck, most people don’t have a center sitting behind the 3-point line. Defensively, he’s been terrific. He’s also going to give us some post play on the offensive end.”
Along with Wallace, Marquis Daniels and Shelden Williams were added to the roster to give the C’s the necessary depth they were in need of last year in the playoffs. Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis was re-signed but will be missing a good portion of the season due to a broken right thumb.
Shaquille O’Neal is producing already for the Cavs this preseason with a handful of double digit nights. The three-time MVP made clear that he is ready to “help the ‘King’ win an NBA championship.”
The Cavaliers have won 11 consecutive games at home over Boston. The Celtics last beat them in Cleveland in December of 2004. Tonight’s contest could very well be the first regular season preview of the 2010 Eastern Finals. Game time is set for 7:30 PM.