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If you have nothing to do on Christmas Day this year, be sure to check out at least 1 of 5 amazing NBA match ups. The schedule makers really put together some high-profile games for the fans! Some might think the showcase of the day will be, when LeBron James and his new team (the Cavaliers) head south to Miami to face off against the Heat (the team that he won 2 championships with in 4 years), while others might object and think the 10:30pm tilt takes the cake...What are your thoughts?
Starting at noon ET, on ESPN, in the most famous arena in the world, the Knicks will host the Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Washington, who is a very young and talented team and new playoff contenders in the East, try to keep things rolling while the dismal (0.167 winning percentage) Knicks go through the motions with Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and the famous triangle offense. Although a nice matchup on paper, this one should be all Washington.
At 2:30PM ET, on ABC, a classic mid-west showdown between the defending champion Spurs and Thunder. Both teams underachieving so far, especially the Thunder, sans Kevin Durant for 18 games (67% of their first 27). Granted, Russell Westbrook has averaged more than 27 points per game, on most nights, it has just not been enough,leaving them just under .500 (13-14) to this point. This is a rematch of the Western Conference finals, but it will just not be the same as it was last year. San Antonio should have no problem taking down the Thunder.
At 5:00PM ET, also on ABC, and one that people pencil in on opening day, the marquee match up, features "the King" LeBron James returning to Miami to face Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Luol Deng and the Heat. James, joined by Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, will do their best to give Lebron a chance at a victory. The Cavs currently hold the 5th spot in the east while the Heat hold the 7th. Both teams have big name players and this should be an exciting game to watch.
At 8PM ET, on TNT, the Lakers will have played in 16-straight Christmas Day games but it will not be the same as in the past. Los Angeles, is currently outside looking in (at 8-19) and the Bulls hold the 4th spot in the Eastern Conference. Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol and 4th year breakout player Jimmy Butler lead the Bulls. Kobe Bryant and Carlos Boozer (plyed 5 years in Chicago) will do their best to stay in this one, but our guess is, it won’t be enough.
Finaly, if the first 4 games weren’t your cup of tea, at 10PM ET, also on TNT, you’re in luck becuase the late night game might be the most entertaining of them all. It’s slated to be a high scoring affair with the Los Angeles Clippers heading to 22-3 Golden State Warriors (best record in the NBA). Both teams are on pace to make the playoffs and this can potentially be the Western Conference Finals preview. There are several all-stars on both sqauds and the two Western Conference titans are heading in the right direction. Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, Klay Thompson and company will be on the court, and providing NBA fans from all over, a dandy. This is most definitely going to be a great cap to one of the NBA's biggest days.