6-2020 NBA CHRISTMAS PROGRAM!
It is said that the NBA season didn’t really start until Christmas. Since the 2020-21 season only started a few days ago, this thought may be almost entirely correct this year.
The NBA will play the 73rd Christmas Day matches this year. The League began playing its first Christmas match in its second season, 1947. Since then, with the exception of the 1998-99 season, which was shortened by the lockout, Christmas games have been played without interruption every year.
While there will be no fans in the arenas during the NBA’s Christmas festivities this year, a five-game program featuring some of the league’s best teams and biggest stars will be available to viewers.
Here’s everything you need to know for this year’s Christmas matches:
5-HEAT – PELICANS
In the debut of today’s show, New Orleans star Zion Williamson will play in the first Christmas game of his career.
Pelicans will thus be performing at Christmas for two years in a row. Brandon Ingram broke the Christmas day record by scoring seven three-pointers in a match against Denver last season, while rookie Zion was unable to play due to injury.
The Heat team lost in the season opening match, but coach Erik Spoelstra will aim to remain undefeated on Christmas Day. While Spoelstra was 7-0 in his Miami career, Miami was the leader in this category with 10-2 at all times.
4-BUCKS – WARRIORS
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks are looking for their first win of the season after being defeated by a last-second shot in the season opening match.
Playing at Christmas for the third time in a row, the Milwaukee team will host for the first time since 1968.
Steph Curry and the Warriors are still in the process of adapting to their rotation changes amid Klay Thompson’s continued absence, making this match an engaging match between two teams trying to build in-team chemistry early on.
3-CELTICS – NETS
A year after leaving Boston, Kyrie Irving returns to the long-awaited regular season.
Irving and Kevin Durant take the big stage against another ambitious team at the Eastern Conference after their victory on the opening night.
The Celtics come from a big win where Jayson Tatum knocked out Bucks with a last-second three-pointer. Boston’s young star duo Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be put to an early test against a pair of championship-experienced stars like Durant and Irving.
2-LAKERS – MAVERICKS
LeBron James will fight against Luka Doncic in the most interesting game of the day. Four-time MVP and four-time champion James will play in the 15th Christmas Day match of his career, placing second behind legendary player Kobe Bryant (16).
Doncic, who is supposed to be the future MVP and champion, will have made his first game on Christmas.
While fans are hoping to watch these great players meet on the big stage, James and Doncic will be looking for a win, only because the Lakers and Mavericks lost their first game of the season.
1-CLIPPERS – NUGGETS
The program will end with perhaps the hottest encounter of the day. Three months after the embarrassing 3-1 playoff fiasco, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers will face off against Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and the Nuggets in their rematch at the beginning of the season.
The Clippers continued to tackle their chemistry issues in the squad as they had a tough win over the Lakers in the opening game of the season. The Nuggets, on the other hand, suffered a painful defeat in the last second with the basket typed by Buddy Hield.
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JJ Redick not yet in Dallas: “He should take his time”
The Dallas Mavericks grabbed a small deal with New Orleans JJ Redick. The sniper is injured, however, it remains unclear when the veteran can intervene.
As the Mavs announced, JJ Redick is not yet with the team, but is doing his rehab individually after Redick received conservative treatment on the heel after the All-Star Break.
Dallas had acquired the 36-year-old as a package with ex-Bamberg’s Nicolo Melli from New Orleans, in return the forwards James Johnson and Wesley Iwundu as well as a second round pick and some cash in the Big Easy changed.
“We want to make sure the heel is at 100 percent,” said Mavs GM Donnie Nelson. “He should take his time and if he feels comfortable, he can come to Dallas and be integrated.” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said the heel was making progress but he didn’t know when Redick would join the team.
Dallas sees JJ Redick as an important piece of the puzzle for the playoffs. The Shooting Guard has played more playoff games (110) than the rest of the Mavs roster. Over the season, Redick posted an average of 8.7 points with a three-way quota of around 36 percent.
However, the trade came as a bit of a surprise, with many anticipating a buyout from Redick. The Brooklyn Nets would have been the favorite, also because the Shooting Guard lives with his family in Brooklyn.
“He would have liked to have chosen his team himself, but it didn’t turn out that way,” said Nelson. “He told me that Luka (Doncic, editor’s note) was one of his favorite players and Luka has already written with him. Dirk (Nowitzki, editor’s note) has already done that too. I think that JJ is happy to be in Dallas. “
LeBron James and Dennis Schröder spoil LaMelo Ball’s return to Los Angeles – Lakers drag Hornets away late
Against the Charlotte Hornets, LeBron James was clearly the best player on the field and, with the energetic support of Dennis Schröder, carried the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-105 victory. LaMelo Ball impressed in his hometown.
Los Angeles Lakers (28-13) – Charlotte Hornets (20-20) 116: 105
James started with 13 points (6/7 FG) in the first quarter and always hit important throws when the Hornets threatened to equalize or to take the lead. The MVP candidate finished the game with 37 points (14/22 FG), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dennis Schröder fulfilled his role as a secondary playmaker well with 22 points (9/19 FG) and 7 assists. In addition, Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker each contributed 12 points from the bench.
LaMelo Ball held up well with 26 points (10/18 FG), 5 rebounds and 7 assists (but 6 turnovers), the Hornets lacked points, especially from Gordon Hayward (7), but the forward distributed 10 assists and collected 9 rebounds . Terry Rozier got 20 points and P.J. Washington impressed as a small ball center with 18, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Alex Caruso (5) was available to the Lakers again after his concussion, and Lakers coach Frank Vogel, without Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol, relied on Damian Jones as the center again. However, like Charlotte, L.A. later switched to smaller lineups, neither Jones nor Cody Zeller played more than 13 minutes.
With the victory and the simultaneous defeat of the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers are back in second place in the Western Conference. Charlotte ranks seventh in the east.
Bron’s got the spin and his teammates got his back 👏 pic.twitter.com/LuUUDaZME1— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 19, 2021
Both teams pushed the pace at the beginning of the game and scored again and again in the fast break, L.A. pulled away at 21:14. LeBron James (13) and Dennis Schröder (10) together scored 23 of the 31 Lakers points in the first quarter.
The high pace continued in the second quarter, but the Hornets lost control several times and allowed the Lakers with wild turnover (19:12 in total) a 14-2 run including a 51:33 lead in the middle of the section. Charlotte responded with seven unanswered points when James took a short break, but the King came back with five quick points before the break at halftime score of 60:45.
The Hornets came out of the cabin well and, with the help of a triplet from Rozier, were seven points behind. After a break, Charlotte extended his run with a triple from Ball to 16: 4 and leveled the game shortly afterwards. James Borrego waived starting center Cody Zeller and instead let P.J. Washington, Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward play long distances in the front court, whereby the Hornets won the third section with 34:23 and went into the final section with only -4.
In the fourth quarter, the Lakers gained some distance with a 10-0 run and were able to hold this lead until the end, the Hornets did not get any closer than 7 points. Charlotte has three away games ahead of her with the Clippers, Spurs and Rockets. The Lakers receive the hot Hawks on Saturday afternoon, North American time.
Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has to identify himself: “Thought that was my hall”
“I thought that was my hall,” said the 58-year-old: “It’s terrible that I’m stopped, spoken to and asked for ID.”
Patrick Ewing was the coach of Georgetown Hoyas in New York, his college team beat the Villanova Wildcats 72:71. But after the game Ewing was occupied with something completely different. “Everyone in this arena has to fucking know who I am. But I’m being stopped, I can’t move freely. I just thought, ‘What the hell is going on? Is this really Madison Square Garden?'” Ewing said.
The former center played for the Knicks for 15 years and was elected all-star eleven times. He was twice in the finals with the franchise (1994, 1999), his jersey number 33 has not been awarded since 2003. So he wanted to get in touch with James Dolan, Knicks owner and manager of Madison Square Garden. “I guess I’ll have to call Mr. Dolan and ask, ‘Jesus, is my number under the roof or what?'”