Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics chose hoops over hype with a complete team effort. (AP Photo)
The Boston Celtics made witness again that any contenders will have to go through them to get to the Finals in the East, as they defeated the Miami Heat 88-80 on opening night at the Garden. Yes this was only the first game of a long year. And yes these two teams will look completely different the next time they square off against each other, but that still doesn't take away from the fact that as you sit today reading this, the Celtics are light years ahead of the Heat in every facet.