If he's attacking the basket early and often, it could be a long day for the Knicks. Russell Westbrook 2013 and Draymond Green 2017 both eventually would join that short list of players to accomplish that feat. From - with the exception of , broadcast a game on Christmas Day. Today, we're taking a look at the best all-time games on Christmas. While James was a member of the Cavs, he admitted to enjoying playing on the holiday at the Staples Center.
This is the 71st year of the league's Dec. Oklahoma City limited Houston to 80 points in a win last month, and the Rockets shot 31-82 37. James is the best option, but with his offensive workload, it could make more sense to deploy Brandon Ingram or Kyle Kuzma. Get the full schedule at. The Jazz have gone even longer without playing Dec. There's five games featuring the league's best teams and brightest stars, beginning with - at noon.
Under-the-radar player to watch: Sixers backup point guard T. Celtics Coach said that like most of the players, he always watched Christmas Day games growing up. The Rockets are regularly launching more than 40 3-pointers per game, and James Harden remains one of the most explosive scorers in the league. In 1998 and 1999, the Aloha and Oahu Bowls were played as part of a doubleheader at Aloha Stadium. From a league-wide perspective, we want to know if LeBron's supporting cast now is better than it was last season. So it makes sense that the , despite being more or less unwatchable, play on Christmas. During the game between the Heat and the Lakers in 2010, players on both teams wore holiday sneakers.
Coincidentally, the Knicks played on Christmas Day just four times between 1988 and 2001, which was their most successful period since the 1973 title. McGrady went on to lead the league in scoring in the 2003 season, averaging 32. Antetokounmpo's numbers are ridiculous: 33. Only the Los Angeles Lakers playing their 44th Christmas Day game today , Boston Celtics playing their 32nd Christmas Day game today and Detroit Pistons 32 Christmas Day games have appeared as many as 30 times on Christmas. We try to put on the best games possible that people have interest in. During the time between those two games, Philly had acquired All-Star guard Jimmy Butler in hopes to make a push to compete for a title.
However, that has changed over the years. The Magic coach was fined for his comments. Some examples of this include and , when the defending champions of those seasons, the played at home against the in 2009 and the in 2010, so that they could have showdowns between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James both times. This time, though, he'll be doing so with the Lakers. The Hawaii Bowl was launched in 2002 and played its first two games on Christmas Day before moving to Christmas Eve or earlier in 2004.
He became the fastest to win 1,000 games, surpassing Pat Riley, who did it in 1,434 games. According to of the New York Post, the forward could potentially return by Christmas but even if he does, he will likely be rusty. Fifteen minutes later, at 8:15 p. The Lakers-Warriors is the primetime matchup of the day as Kevin Durant and the defending champions take on LeBron James. They serve as a preview of a potential series in the playoffs, and perhaps, the finals. In the earlier games the ones starting between noon and 5:30 p. Elite defense Yes, the Rockets have stumbled out of the gates, but Houston is still a top-five offensive team.
Celtics Worth watching: What has Ben Simmons learned? Which one is your favorite? New York has played the most Christmas Day games of any franchise, per of the New York Daily News, but are just 22-30 overall. Here's a breakdown of the Christmas Day lineup. James hasn't found much success against Golden State since Durant joined the superteam — he's lost three of his last four regular season games against Durant and seven of his last eight Finals games. The Knicks failed to pick up the win, but King cemented himself in history with his efforts. During the 1990s, every Christmas but one featured a game involving either the , with the two teams playing against each other twice in the Bulls championship season of and in. The game between the and at marked the first time since the Lakers traded to the Heat that the two teams were facing each other and the first time that Shaq and Kobe Bryant would be facing each other as opponents. All of these uniforms feature a particular theme, such as monochromatic designs 'Big Color' and chrome-treated logos 'Big Logo'.
Of course, this is only a small storyline in what should be a fun overall matchup. Boston formed a wall around the lane in order to prevent Simmons from driving and scoring or dishing out to open shooters. I've got it on good authority that Santa will be making a stop at our house this year, and Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors are set to play again on Christmas Day. The Knicks have a checkered history on the 25th. I'd rather be playing on Christmas than sitting at home wishing I was playing on Christmas. Currently, five games are played on Christmas.
Of course it's about LeBron. Historically, the Warriors are 12-15 on Dec. Kobe led the way with 27 points for the Lakers and the C's could not overcome Ray Allen's rough shooting performance going 3-for-11 from beyond the arc. The Jazz star is in the middle of a rough shooting stretch, down around 40 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range. Basketball fans have a full slate of viewing options as you unwrap your Christmas presents.
Los Angeles Lakers 8 p. As if playing every minute of the game wasn't enough, he scored all seven of the Bulls' points in overtime and came up with two clutch blocks on last-second shot attempts to will Chicago to victory. Horford has been struggling all month, although both he and forward Marcus Morris right knee soreness returned to the starting lineup Sunday night in a 16-point win over the Hornets. Portland and Utah just played each other Friday night, with the Jazz throttling Portland by 30, handing the Blazers their worst home loss since 2004. The other game scheduled that day drew similar criticism. I can open my presents up at 7 o'clock at night instead of 7 o'clock in the morning.