What ring ceremony hangover? After collecting his first NBA championship ring, LeBron went right to work, unofficially kicking off the NBA season with a patented fast-break alley-oop to Dwyane Wade. James was his physically dominant self, picking up a double-double midway through the third quarter. He then battled leg cramps the rest of the way. Good to know he's human.
Like the shot-blocker he is, the 6-foot-4 Wade sent a "Welcome to the NBA" message to Jared Sullinger by swatting the Celtics rook at the rim in the first half. Wade filled up the points column, but he was sloppy throughout, shooting it off the side of the backboard and carelessly turning it over. His shot selection was iffy, but he was almost unstoppable around the rim.
Fully embracing the positionless system, Bosh flashed his point guard skills by feeding LeBron for a backdoor alley-oop in the second quarter. Bosh stuck to the perimeter for most of this one, which should be his primary habitat this season as the Heat look to space the floor. He outplayed Kevin Garnett on Tuesday, which has been mostly true since the former Raptor joined Miami.
First shot as a member of the Miami Heat? You guessed it, a corner 3. Shortly after receiving a standing O from the Miami crowd, Allen drilled a 3-pointer with almost zero airspace. Allen was hitting circus shots all night -- off balance, off the backboard, off a screen, didn't matter -- it was going in. He made Heat fans chanting, "We got Ray," feel happy they did.
The Celtics looked mostly stuck in preseason mode Tuesday night, but there are 81 regular-season games left to be played. The vaunted defense had no answer for LeBron James, but that's to be expected with all the new faces in Doc Rivers' system. The Celtics waved the white flag when Rajon Rondo hooked Wade by the neck on a drive in the final minute. Rivalry, indeed.