Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Tuesday, discussing the Celtics' coming season and their perceived biggest Eastern Conference competition in the Miami Heat. The Celtics and Heat tip off in the season-opener Tuesday night at the Garden.


"It's a big game for the league," Ainge said. "It's a good game for the league, it's a good game for Miami, it's a good game for us. … I think it's as good as it gets."


ESPN's Chris Broussard joined the Dale & Holley show Tuesday afternoon to talk about Tuesday's Celtics-Heat season-opener at TD Garden. Broussard talked about the fallout from the LeBron James decision and how the people of Cleveland remain angry at their former hero.


Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal had stated following his team's preseason win over the Knicks in Hartford, Oct. 16, that he had been in bigger openers than this season's meeting against the Miami Heat. O'Neal stated at the time, "In the last 20 years I've had bigger openers. It's big to you guys, but you guys like the hype. Everybody wants to talk about the young team, but the last 10 years I think I've been there I think four times and I haven't seen a young time do it yet ... Especially with all the social media … I've been in much bigger games."


Appearing on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday, ESPN's Bill Simmons predicted that the Celtics will prevail in the Eastern Conference, citing a deeper bench than Miami and an advantage in the matchups against Orlando. Regarding the Heat, Simmons remains skeptical heading into Tuesday's night season-opener at TD Garden.


"I think there's a much better chance that it's dicey than everything goes fantastic," Simmons said of the Heat.


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The Celtics had already trimmed their roster to the league limit of 15 players, but their opening night roster is now official as they placed three players on the inactive list: Kendrick Perkins, Avery Bradley and Semih Erden. The Celtics will have to play the first 10 games of the NBA with just 11 active players because of Delonte West's suspension as league rules dictate that suspended players must be carried on the active roster.


WALTHAM -- After months of hype and preparation, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Monday that he feels confident his team is ready for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Tuesday at TD Garden.


"It's opening night," Rivers said of Tuesday's season opener, which is also the first game on the NBA's slate this season. "It's great. It's opening night at home. We've had a lot of time to prepare for the game, which is nice, and we're ready to play.


WALTHAM -- Barring any unforeseen changes, Shaquille O'Neal will make his Celtics debut as the starting center on opening night against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Tuesday night at TD Garden. 


"Most likely Shaq, to be honest," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following Monday's practice. "We haven't officially announced it but most likely."


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