Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 10/31/12
Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day. 1: Banner Day for Heat Miami got its championship rings and raised its championship banner for opening night. The focus though after the rings were handed out was squarely on ring No. 2 (not three, not four...). The Heat blitzed the Celtics and made the new-look Celtics look a bit more like their age. Miami opened an 18-point lead in the second half and relied on the usual fast-break dunks and crisp passing that made the team last year's champions. The Heat are a force to be reckoned with once again. Boston? The Celtics are still figuring out their defense it would appear. Miami scored 31 points in each of the first three quarters and put up 27 in the final quarter. That is not the famous Celtics defense that has suffocated and stifled opponents for much of the last five years. Rediscovering that will be key for Boston to move forward. This was a night where the Heat had everyth...
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