LeBron James loves to play at Staples Center on Christmas Day and he told reporters Sunday that games played under the bright lights are his favorite ones among Christmas Day games. For those looking for something new, the billboard of December 25 also has something to offer.
"They are doing it for their talent". They played exceptionally well past year in the Finals. So, I've had so many moments in this game that I'm going to cherish.
-Washington visits Boston, in what will be the Celtics' first Christmas duel at home. Many spectators paid attention to basketball just on this date, at a time when the football season was coming to an end. He has been on a different level this season. Combined viewership on ESPN and TNT is up 21 percent this season, with games averaging 1.9 million viewers, even before what figures to be the biggest numbers of the season.
The eventual series win helped Warriors forward Kevin Durant sleep easy, as he captured the first title in his 10-year career and avenged a Finals loss to James and the Miami Heat in 2012 as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Van Gundy was hoping for the Milwaukee Bucks and their gravity-ignoring Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo. "I mean, listen. I've lost five Finals". "We have a dynasty in the making in Golden State, we have a team trying to challenge them in their own conference, or a couple teams in San Antonio and Houston, and LeBron is still rolling". And LeBron continues to impress.
As it often is with the NBA, Christmas is about the players more than the teams. I've never had an opportunity to play in the Garden, but playing in the Staples Center, I've been there quite a few times.
He would have been the ideal player to include in a Christmas card. He'd have been the flawless player to get on Christmas but the league only played two or three games back then, and his Toronto Raptors were only shown once. It was a specific reference to his game-sealing - and arguably series-clinching - three-pointer in the waning moments of Game 3 to give the Warriors an insurmountable 3-0 lead.
"You should record even a training from Giannis, because it's so good that he deserves to receive some advertising at Christmas", said Van Gundy.