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NBA Christmas Day Preview

Watching NBA basketball is a tradition in every household on Christmas Day, like unwrapping gifts, singing carols, and pretending to enjoy each other.  Just ask Ryan Harrow.  He said he and his family gather around the television and watch the marathon of NBA games every holiday season.  My family does the same — although this year could be different if the Duck Dynasty marathon continues.  We’ll be back-and-forth.

So, to get you ready for a long day of professional basketball, here’s a brief preview of the five-game NBA slate.  It’s my gift to you.


CELTICS (13-13) @ NETS (14-12)
12:00 ET, ESPN

Last Meeting:  The Nets won 95-83 in Boston on November 28 in a game that featured three ejections.  Brooklyn’s Kris Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett in the second quarter; Rajon Rondo retaliated with a two-handed shove that sent Humphries into the seats; and Gerald Wallace jumped in and shoved Garnett.  Humphries and Wallace each received two technicals while Rondo was ejected, ending his streak of games with double-digit assists ended at 37. Rondo was suspended two games by the NBA, although he said he was only coming to the aid of Garnett.

UK Players: Rajon Rondo; Keith Bogans

Matchup to Watch: Rajon Rondo vs. Deron Williams

Random Stat: The Celtics are 11-17 all-time on Christmas Day.

Video: The brawl…

Prediction: I will be eating and/or opening gifts with family.  I don’t care.


KNICKS (20-7) @ LAKERS (13-14)
3:00 ET, ABC

Last Meeting:  Carmelo and the Knicks cruised past Kobe and the Lakers in Mike D’Antoni’s first game against New York since his resignation last spring. The Lakers got 31 points, 10 rebounds and six assists from Bryant and a combined 43 points from Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, but it wasn’t enough to contain the red hot Carmelo Anthony, who led the Knicks to a 116-107 win in Madison Square Garden on December 13.

Anthony had 30 points in just 23 minutes in the two teams’ first meeting this season, including 22 in the first quarter, before he was knocked out of action by a hard Dwight Howard foul early in the third quarter.  The Knicks led by as much as 22 points prior to Anthony’s injury.

UK Players: Jodie Meeks

Matchup to Watch: Carmelo’s field goal attempts vs. Kobe’s field goal attempts.

Kobe leads the league in scoring (29.7), just ahead of Anthony (28.3).

Random Stat: Los Angeles has taken eight of nine from New York at home, including the last five by an average of 12.4 points.

Video: ‘Melo torches the Lakers in the first quarter…

Prediction: Knicks 109, Lakers 103 — Why do they still stuck???


THUNDER (21-5) @ HEAT (18-6)
5:30 ET, ABC

Last Meeting:  It’s the teams’ first meeting since going head-to-head in the 2012 NBA Finals.  In that series, Oklahoma City took Game 1 at home but dropped four straight to lose in five games.  LeBron James was named Finals MVP after averaging 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists.  He recorded a triple-double in the series-clinching Game 5, the last time he faced Durant and the Thunder.

UK Players: Daniel Orton; Josh Harrellson (Flu)

Matchup to Watch:  Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James, obviously

Random Stat: LeBron James hasn’t been called for a foul since December 8.  That’s six games.

Video: Official trailer for Thunderstruck, Kevin Durant’s new movie with special cast member Mark Krebs…

Prediction: Miami in a close one.


ROCKETS (14-12) @ BULLS (15-11)
8:00 ET, ESPN

Last Meeting:  Does anyone really care what happened the last time these two teams met?  We’ll say, umm, the team with the most points won.  I think it was the home team.  If not, it was the away team.  One of the two, for sure.

UK Players: Terrence Jones, Patrick Patterson (Injured); Marquis Teague, Nazr Mohammed

Matchup to Watch:  Omer Asik vs. his former team

Random Stat: Joakim Noah is still hideous.

Video: Two former Wildcats connect when Marquis Teague throws the lob to Nazr Mohammed…

Prediction: Most of America will be halfway through Christmas Vacation with A Christmas Story on deck.


NUGGETS (15-13) @ CLIPPERS (21-6)
10:30 ET, ESPN

Last Meeting:  … was probably televised on TNT and ended way past my bedtime.

UK Players: Eric Bledsoe

Triple-Threat Matchup to Watch:  Blake Griffin vs. Kenneth Faried vs. Gravity

Random Stat: The Clippers have won a franchise-record 13 consecutive games.

Video: John Denver’s “White Christmas”…

Prediction: The Clippers win with ease while you and I sleep soundly in our beds after a long Christmas Day.


We’ll have more, but not a lot, throughout the day.

Merry Christmas!

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for NBA Christmas Day Preview

  1. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    11:11 am December 25, 2012 Permalink

    da fuq? Nuggets are 15-3?

  2. bung
    11:21 am December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Merry Christmas

  3. Intelligence
    11:45 am December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Nuggets are 15-13

    And the Lakers don’t still suck, they have Steve Nash back and have won 4 in a row.

    Stick to covering college please

  4. lol
    12:00 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    dont get too excited #4

    bobcats (by one point), sixers, and wizards LOL

    And you know its bad when Lakers fans are getting excited about beating Golden State

  5. Basteballer
    12:16 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Teague missed that shot. It was NOT an alley oop. Nazr saved his ass.

  6. fail
    12:22 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Nets-Celtics is a fail with the unpleasant sounds of Doris Burke to make you hit mute or change the channel.

  7. Rondo's a Punk
    1:05 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    I didn’t like Rondo as a Wildcat and I hate him as a Celtic, I wish he would get his ass beat down BAD!

  8. Rixter
    7:03 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’d love to see Rondo get his clock cleaned one of these days. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
    I especially loved earlier in the week when he tweeted out a picture of himself handing out toys to underprivileged kids. “Hey, look at me, look what a great guy I am”

  9. Rixter
    7:06 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    LOL, dude tried to squeeze Rondo’s beady little head like a grape!

  10. Rixter
    7:09 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    ” he said he was only coming to the aid of Garnett” ??

    1. I think Kevin Garnett can take up for himself

    2. Does that mean every time a Celtic player is fouled, Rondo has the right to attack that player?

  11. Dee
    7:40 am December 26, 2012 Permalink

    Those are some nice Teets….(you know you saw them)

  12. markp
    8:05 am December 26, 2012 Permalink

    Humphries did nothing. Rondo is a punk and so is Garnett.