Christmas Day has always been a favorite of NBA fans — it’s the League’s equivalent to that of Thanksgiving for the NFL. If there’s no lockout (like there was last year), the NBA makes sure to schedule some of the most exciting games a fan could ask for. This year, we get to see five games nationally broadcast with no overlap.
No question, the biggest draw is going to be the Lakers vs. Knicks game, if for no other reason than to see Steve Nash play his second game since returning from an injury. Commissioner Stern was probably praying Nash would wait until Christmas to debut but fans should be happier that he’ll have one game under his belt.
All that being said, if you’re one of the Grinches who love to hate the NBA for lack of defense, I can think of ten other reasons you should be excited for the Christmas games.
Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets
12:00 PM EST (ESPN)
New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers
3:00 PM EST (ABC)
Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat
5:30 PM EST (ABC)
Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls
8:00 PM EST (ESPN)
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers
10:30 PM EST (ESPN)