It comes as no surprise to either side that the schedule-makers sent Boston to Miami for ring night.
"Every time there's something big going on," Heat forward Chris Bosh said, "we're playing the Celtics."
There has been a slew of upgrades at the arena over the summer -- slightly different looks here and there, a new nightclub and restaurant, more concessions and bars for ticketholders to enjoy. The Heat will even offer fans the chance to purchase championship-ring-related merchandise, designed in the same manner as the players' title-reward jewelry.
The upgrades extend to what's going to be on the court as well.
Miami kept its championship rotation intact, plus added Allen and Rashard Lewis to the mix. Allen knows it will be unusual to see the Heat get their rings, especially since five months ago, he was busy trying to thwart their title march.
"I'm excited for these guys, having spent time around them over the last two, three months, getting to know them and their families," Allen said. "I'm happy for them that they won, but at the same time, they beat me and put us out. I understand the emotions that Boston will feel, watching the whole ceremony. But at the same time I'm excited for these guys. And once it's over with, it's business as usual."
Boston figures to be better as well. Jason Terry now comes off the Celtics' bench, there's an influx of youth in the rotation, Jeff Green is back after heart surgery, and the remaining members of what was a Big Four -- Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett -- are loaded up for another championship push.
"It's just another basketball game," Rondo said.