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GAME THREAD: Miami Heat (0-0) at Dallas Mavericks (0-0)

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WHO: The Dallas Mavericks host the Miami Heat

WHAT: First game of the season. You know what that means... IT'S BANNER TIME!

WHERE: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

WHEN: 1:30pm CT

HOW: ABC

THE STORY: How did this happen- we won the Finals (still can't get over that) against the Heat, then we had to endure a ridiculous lockout where we feared that we might not see any basketball this year. And then the lockout ended and the season was set to begin on Christmas Day, of all days, with the Mavs hosting the Heat, of all teams. The Championship Banner will be raised in front of a crowd hungry for basketball, but let's not forget that this isn't the team of last season. We have new pieces who haven't had much time to adjust to a new team. We face a Heat team that hasn't changed much at all. This might not go the way we want. But we're still excited, right? Because it's BASKETBALL.