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Celtics-Knicks, Bulls-Lakers on Christmas?

Posted on: July 18, 2011 8:39 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 8:49 pm
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Two more Christmas Day NBA games have reportedly leaked. Posted by Ben Golliver.

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On Sunday, we noted that one of the five NBA games scheduled for Christmas Day had leaked in advance of Tuesday's unveiling. The Miami Heat will reportedly face the Dallas Mavericks in a rematch of the 2011 NBA Finals.

On Monday comes word that two more of the five games have leaked.

First, Newsday reports that the New York Knicks will host the Boston Celtics in Madison Square Garden.

Then, the Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Lakers will host the Chicago Bulls at the Staples Center. 

So far, no major surprises, as all six teams that have leaked were shoo-ins to play on Christmas due to either their major starpower, big market geography, or both. That the Bulls and Lakers face off in an inter-conference rivalry is a nice twist, but nothing to write home about.

The Orlando Magic -- led by Dwight Howard -- and Oklahoma City Thunder -- led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook -- are also virtual locks to play on Christmas Day, and both made it last season as well. The Los Angeles Clippers didn't play on Christmas last year but are a very likely candidate, thanks to the league's up-and-coming marketing monster, Blake Griffin.

That makes nine spots -- five from the Eastern Conference and four from the Western Conference. The big question remains who is the 10th team. If the Magic face the Thunder, then the last team will need to host the Clippers because the Lakers will be occupying the Staples Center. In recent years, the fifth and final Christmas Day game has been a Pacific time zone affair, meaning the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors or Sacramento Kings could host the Clippers if Orlando and Oklahoma City do face off. Selecting any of those three teams would also provide a balance between teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences.

OK, OK, enough speculation. We'll know the full schedule tomorrow.
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Comments

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:30 am
 

Celtics-Knicks, Bulls-Lakers on Christmas?

Lakers-2009,

Learn how to read.  The Heat are in the very beginning of the story.  Stupid Is, Is Stupid Does!  Your playoff quitter Lakers come later in the article...but I imagine that is all you saw.



Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:22 am
 

Celtics-Knicks, Bulls-Lakers on Christmas?

one of the reasons they wont have a season this year because all they show is the top and big market teams. why not have a mix bulls-lakers and knicks-bucks and kings-grizzles i want to see all 30 teams not 10 all the time!



Since: May 18, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:00 am
 

Celtics-Knicks, Bulls-Lakers on Christmas?

There is no way they are having a season this year. So who really cares.



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:51 am
 

Celtics-Knicks, Bulls-Lakers on Christmas?

Where's the mighty Heat?
Try reading the first paragraph and you'll get your answer.  idiot.



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: July 18, 2011 11:09 pm
 

Celtics-Knicks, Bulls-Lakers on Christmas?

Chicago plays Green Bay in Lambeau Field on Christmas. That is way, way more interesting than the snooze fest that is the NBA regular season.



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Celtics-Knicks, Bulls-Lakers on Christmas?

Where's the mighty Heat?



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Celtics-Knicks, Bulls-Lakers on Christmas?

I would be excited accept for the fact that the NBA lockout neither side is talking to the others.  I feel that this games will never be seen.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Celtics-Knicks, Bulls-Lakers on Christmas?

Sounds like a good 3 games to look forward to. I want to hear what the opening night games are supposed to be. I heard it was gonna be Chicago vs Dallas. To me I'd rather see SA face  Dallas. Their rivals watch as they get their first rings.


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