What is the most intriguing game of the season?

The return. - Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

The latest question posed by ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg is, "what is the most intriguing game of the season?" For most, that answer is easy: Sunday, January 26, 2014, when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett of the Brooklyn Nets visit the TD Garden for the first time. Like Forsberg said, "It's going to be an insanely emotional night at TD Garden and, even if Tom Brady and the Patriots are trekking to New York around the same time, hoops will dominate the Boston sports world that night (and maybe that night only next season)."

Like Jeff Clark said:

Summer Forecast: A return encounter - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston

Jeff Clark, CelticsBlog (Jan. 26 vs. Nets): The first Nets game in Boston. I can't wait to hear the fans' reaction to Pierce and Garnett in introductions. It will be very odd to see them in black and white, but the fans didn't get a great chance to say thanks and goodbye, so this will be the emotional release. Expect a lot of glistening eyes that night.

As Celtics fans, we're all looking forward to that night. I'll do everything I can to be in The Garden that cold winter evening. Not even because Pierce and Garnett will return, but I think there is something special about being a part of a gathering of people all uniting for one specific purpose. To see the faces of people in the crowd, the tears of joy, the smiles, the cheering, and of course to see Truth and Ticket's reaction; it'd give me goose bumps and that's a feeling that I love to experience.

But there is one night more intriguing to me, and that is Opening Night against the Toronto Raptors. Here is my response from ESPN.com's Summer Forecast:

Summer Forecast: A return encounter - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston
Kevin O'Connor, CelticsBlog (Oct. 30 vs. Raptors): I am most looking forward to Opening Night against the Toronto Raptors. I know, in the grand scheme of things this game is insignificant, but it officially marks the beginning of a new era in Boston Celtics history. To me, that reigns supreme over anything else.

I know I'm totally in the minority. Like I said, in the end, that game will be nothing but a footnote in Celtics history...but should it be? It's the first NBA game for Brad Stevens, Kelly Olynyk, Vitor Faverani, and Phil Pressey. Who knows, maybe even Rajon Rondo makes his heroic return from his ACL injury the same night.

Bottom-line, Opening Night is the beginning of a new era of Boston Celtics basketball. It's the start of a new year with a clean slate and sky-high expectations. The Celtics will be able to write their own story and that night is page one. I'm ready for it all to get started, aren't you?

Bill Sy had a very unique response with a date that is coming up sooner than expected:

Summer Forecast: A return encounter - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston
Bill Sy, CelticsBlog (Sept. 12 vs. ?????): On Sept. 12, it's Danny vs. the 29 other general managers. It's the first day that he can include many of the former Nets (like Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries) in a trade. Sure, it's a mind game and not a visit to Staples Center, or the return of Pierce and Garnett, but it's a game nonetheless. Ideally, Ainge had something else in place when he cut the deal with Billy King in June and we'll find out about it then. If not, he's got his work cut out for him. Wallace had a miserable season last year and has an even more miserable contract over the next three years, but everybody knows what kind of player Crash is. In a league littered with premier small forwards, Wallace could be a nice complementary piece for teams in need of a bruising defensive 3. Think Ron Artest for the Lakers or Shane Battier in Miami. Houston maybe? Chicago? Ainge has already had a busy summer, but you can bet he'll be working his cell phone (and any Jedi mind trick he has up his sleeve) on Sept. 12. Watching Rajon Rondo go up against the Los Angeles Clippers (Chris Paul and Doc Rivers) should be a blast. Hopefully everyone's healthy for that one.

So many great points were brought up by Bill. In just about two weeks, those players Bill mentioned will be eligible to be traded by Danny Ainge. Maybe that's why Danny is waiting to make moves to balance out this roster, because right now there are still too many power forwards and shooting guards. Instead of jumping the gun and trading a guy like Bass, he can instead see what kind of value is out there for Kris Humphries before deciding what player should be moved.

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What game is most intriguing to you this season? If your answer is the return of KG and Pierce, what other games are you most looking forward to? Comment below with your answer!

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