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Tipoff Tonight

Welcome back to the NBA! In about an hour, the Bobcats will start the 2009-2010 season in Boston. We finally get a chance to see Tyson Chandler, Gerald Henderson, Derrick Brown, and Stevie Graham show off Larry Brown and Rod Higgins' GM'ing skills (Flip Murray is still out as far as I know), and the new Bobcats uniforms are put on display. Here's your starting lineups (projected):

PG: Rajon Rondo vs. Raymond Felton
SG: Ray Allen vs. Stevie Graham
SF: Paul Pierce vs. Gerald Wallace
PF: Kevin Garnett vs. Boris Diaw
C: Kendrick Perkins vs. Tyson Chandler

Bench Battles: Rasheed Wallace vs. Nazr Mohammed
Marquis Daniels vs. Gerald Henderson
Eddie House vs. DJ Augustin

* Bobcats G's Raja Bell and Flip Murray are inactive to injury, and Boston is missing Glen "Big Baby" Davis after a fight where he hurt his hand.

* Celtics G Eddie House played for the Expansion season Bobcats, but was traded away in the team's first year.

This presents a tough challenge for the Bobcats, and trying to beat the Big Three in the Celtics home opener is no easy task, considering injury and conditioning issue the Bobcats face, but Charlotte usually plays well against the Celtics and if the Bobcats want to make the playoffs, they have to show they're worthy against a great team tonight. Enjoy the game!