The NBA released its full slate of Christmas Day action. The usual suspects will take centre stage on Dec. 25.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden Sate Warriors will face off for the third consecutive year on Christmas. The Cavs won last year’s matchup 109-108 on a Kyrie Irving jump shot.
With all the rumours surrounding Irving, Cleveland’s roster could be very different come that time. Oracle Arena will get to see the Xmas grudge match between the past two NBA Champions. The Warriors won the first matchup 89-83 in 2015.
The Thunder’s Paul George will be playing in his first Christmas Day game. Houston’s Chris Paul didn’t play in last year’s festivities while with the Los Angeles Clippers due to a hamstring injury.
The NBA’s newest rivalry between the the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics will precede that matchup. It will feature star point guards Isaiah Thomas and John Wall. Boston’s prized free agent signing Gordon Hayward will be suiting up in his first Christmas Day game.
The night cap is between two teams filled with young talent. Canadian Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves will head to Los Angeles to take on the new-look Lakers.
Both teams had a busy off-season, with Minnesota acquiring Jimmy Butler and the Lakers drafting Lonzo Ball.