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Heat-Mavs rematch possible for Christmas Day

Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:04 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 12:04 am
 
The Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat will reportedly have a rematch of the 2011 NBA Finals on Christmas. Posted by Ben Golliver.

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Assuming NBA commissioner David Stern doesn't turn into the Grinch who stole Christmas, the NBA reportedly has firmed up at least one match-up for its annual winter showcase. The Miami Herald reports that there will be a rematch of the 2011 NBA Finals on Christmas Day.
According to a league official, one of the two Heat-Mavericks games is being planned for Christmas in Dallas, likely at 2:30 p.m. The schedule will be announced shortly, though labor problems could shorten the season.
Scheduling a rematch of one of the most-watched and enjoyed NBA Finals in recent memory on Christmas is a no-brainer. It's a great reward for the winner to play host during one of the league's most-watched days of hoops.

Last year's slate of five games looked like this.
Without a doubt, seven of those 10 teams (including the Heat) need to play on Christmas again in 2011 from a marketing standpoint. You can pencil in the Bulls (Eastern Conference Finals, Derrick Rose), Knicks (Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Madison Square Garden), Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Staples Center), Thunder (Western Conference Finals, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook), Magic (Dwight Howard) and Celtics (The Big 3).

If you add the Mavericks into the mix, that leaves only two open spots. One of those two spots surely needs to go to Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers. History has dictated that the late game takes place in the Pacific time zone, meaning the Clippers could play either the Trail Blazers, Warriors or Sacramento Kings. Given their uptempo style and new coach Mark Jackson, something makes me think the Warriors will get the nod.

Here's how I would lay out the Christmas Day schedule:
  • Orlando Magic at New York Knicks: League's best big man, with free aency rumors swirling, showcased in the NBA's biggest market and facing two All-Stars that recently made it home.
  • Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls: Balanced Eastern Conference powers who both excel on defense and have a playoff history to boot.
  • Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks: The rematch.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers: An obvious new guard vs. old guard match-up in the Western Conference.
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors: Mama, there goes that Blake Griffin highlight package.
All of this, of course, is dependent upon a labor agreement being reached without a prolonged work stoppage.
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Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:06 pm
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Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Heat-Mavs rematch possible for Christmas Day

wait, who won the nba title this year?



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2011 8:22 am
 

Heat-Mavs rematch possible for Christmas Day

Perfect day for it if we have b ball



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:25 am
 

Heat-Mavs rematch possible for Christmas Day

 Will it be played in Russia?  Just like Rocky vs Drago.  I wonder if we will be even playing b-ball by than?  I think I'll be fine if my 11 year old daughter has a great Christmas!  I'm thinking more about family than the heat chapter 2. 



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Heat-Mavs rematch possible for Christmas Day

Let's get the NFL steeled than we can worry about the NBA next.



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Heat-Mavs rematch possible for Christmas Day

Christmas Day 2012? Or is the game going to be in Turkey? I wasn't aware the NBA would be playing games in December of this year. Just kidding, I hope the lockout ends and the game happens. It would certainly be entertaining. The league always knows how to schedule a Christmas day lineup... not that it's that hard to figure out that pitting the best teams against each other drives up ratings.

PS: Aw Lebron, another Christmas comes and goes and still no ring under the tree or in you stocking Cry 




Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Heat-Mavs rematch possible for Christmas Day

That is great!! Hopefully we will have an NBA season, but I find that highly doubtful. Opinion could change of course over the next few months.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Heat-Mavs rematch possible for Christmas Day

Christmas 2013?



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Heat-Mavs rematch possible for Christmas Day

Here is hoping for the Knicks/ Magic but IN Orlando.



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Heat-Mavs rematch possible for Christmas Day

This game, like the rest of the NBA regular season, DOESN'T MATTER!



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