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The best games to watch, ranked. Ranking the NBA Christmas Day games by watchability By: Nate Scott | December 25, am. Games held by the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Christmas Day, December 25, . In and , Stance provided Christmas-themed socks for the games. . After a season's NBA Finals comes to an end, officials from both the NBA and the network that broadcast the NBA meet to plan the schedule of games. NBA Power Rankings: Toronto, Denver start fast, race to top It's just a few games into the season, it's too early to read too much into .. When president Steve Mills met with media Friday in a conference room at 2 . After that comes the real test: the Sixers on Christmas Day, followed by a three-game road.
For players and coaches, the standard public statement is that a Christmas game is an honor, as it is not only a chance to play on national television, but also a reward for having a great team and great players.
Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said that like most of the players, he always watched Christmas Day games growing up. He said, "As a kid, you wanted to be on Christmas I tend to look at it as a reward. The fact that they asked us to play on Christmas means we're one of the good teams, one of the featured teams. We're playing basketball on Christmas. We couldn't help it.
If you play on a pretty good team and if you have to play on Christmas, so be it. I'd rather be playing on Christmas than sitting at home wishing I was playing on Christmas. I think it's fun. Obviously, Christmas Day is a day when everybody is home, everybody is relaxing, and what better way to serve them than with as many games as we possibly can We try to put on the best games possible that people have interest in.
It's Christmas, it's a special day, with everybody together to spend time with each other, as far as family and friends. We have the opportunity to do that, bringing our families down with us. How long will the Markelle Fultz starting experiment go on?
NBA Power Rankings: Toronto, Denver start fast, race to top
The Sixers starting five with Fultz has been a disaster on both ends in very limited minutes, to be fairbut when J. ClippersLW Rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has shown a lot of promise, especially on offense, while veteran guards Patrick Beverley and Avery Bradley have been up and down on that end.
My favorite dunk of the early season goes to Boban Marjanovic. Towns is too timid a soul to demand the rock like he should and the Minnesota offense — while the fifth most efficient in the NBA so far — does not run creative sets that get him the ball in space or against enough mismatches.
Also once again, what is holding Minnesota back is a bottom defense. Tom Thibodeau got louder boos in the home opener than Jimmy Butlerand the previous stats and figures in this note explain why that is deserved.
JazzLW 6. Utah has 5-of-6 games coming up on the road, starting in Houston. RocketsLW 3. The Rockets looked disinterested on opening night and got run out of their own building by the Pelicans.
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Watching them in person, you can see their defensive communication is not nearly as good as it was last season, when they were a top defense, the Rockets are not sharp on rotations and switches right now. Lost in the fight with the Lakers which has Chris Paul sitting out against Utah WednesdayJames Harden dominated after the altercation and got Houston the win.
HornetsLW Those numbers will come down as defenses adjust, but there is a lot more freedom in the new system and it shows.
GrizzliesLW The JaMychal Green injury hurts out for weeks with a broken jaw but there is a silver lining if it means more minutes for Jaren Jackson Jr. MavericksLW Luka Doncic is leading the Mavericks averaging He will get better.
Dallas is another team that has more wins than losses, but has been outscored this season. Trae Young showdown Wednesday night. MagicLW Impressive wins over Miami opening night then holding Boston to just 90 points, and their defense has been solid this season. Their offense, however, is one of the slow starters in the league and is scoring less than a point per possession.
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Nikola Vucevic is averaging WizardsLW Washington started the season with two losses it should regret — both to teams on a back-to-back and missing rotation players.
They miss Dwight Howard inside, the Heat grabbed the offensive rebound on The overtime win in Portland kicks off five road games in a row and 8-of HeatLW Josh Richardson has taken on far more of a scoring load and is averaging ThunderLW The first couple of losses without Russell Westbrook were not good, but at least there was an explanation.
The home opener loss to a scrappy Kings team is harder to explain. Oklahoma City has the worst offense in the NBA to start the season, but again with Westbrook back that will change. However, their pedestrian defense is the bigger issue, they need a top defense to help cover that predictable offense. They really miss Andre Roberson. LakersLW 9.
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Gregg Popovich, on the Lakers early struggles: KnicksLW He played with Deandre Ayton at Arizona, went undrafted but played his way onto the Knicks through a solid Summer League 17 points a game and camp Then on opening night he dropped 15 points with some highlight reel plays.
Keep an eye on this kid.
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Flex on 'em, rook.