Celtics Are Cruising While The Cavs Are Losing: Why Opening Night Matters

November 6th, 2009 by Andrew Ungvari Leave a reply »
We hear it all the time about how regular season games don't matter—especially a game on opening night.

And for the most part it's true.

What happens in October really doesn't have any bearing on how a team ultimately performs or how far they go in the playoffs.

But like every rule there are exceptions.

This particular off-season saw a lot of roster tweaking amongst the teams at the top. The rich got richer at the expense of the middle-class and lower-class teams and as a result, we're headed for what could potentially be not only one of the greatest postseasons but also one of the most unpredictable.

Never have so many teams been considered legitimate contenders. The easiest way to determine if a team is a contender is by asking yourself if you'd be surprised if Team X wins the title?

And right now there are only five teams that we can say that about and three of them reside in the Eastern Conference.

That's why the opening night game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics has proved thus far to be the game that set both teams on their current paces.

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