Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 at 12:00 pm  |  36 responses

The Main X-Mas Day Matchup: Take a Guess

by Marcel Mutoni

Give up?

Actually, it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out who’ll be playing on one of the League’s marquee nights if you’ve been paying attention to the NBA (and its manic obsession with ratings) over the last few years.

Of course we’re getting the Celtics vs. Lakers on Dec. 25th. Who else could it possibly be?

From the Boston Herald (via Sports Media Watch):

The world-champion Boston Celtics will meet their NBA Finals rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, at the Staples Center on Christmas Day. Ho, ho, ho.

The 2008 NBA Finals, though not necessarily the most compelling (certainly not after Game Four), were one of the highest rated in League history, so it makes perfect sense that the NBA would offer them up on their showcase night.

Here’s to hoping that Larry and Magic aren’t dusted off for another split-screen promo; I’m still having trouble sleeping from the last one.

(The other X-Mas day matchup is reportedly the Magic vs. Hornets, which should be quite good.)

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  • monrats

    go LAL!!!

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I was hoping for Suns vs. Heat, but who am I? ;-)

  • http://talkaboutsport.blogspot.com TalkAboutSport

    Yes! Amazing! Can’t wait to see a repeat of the last game of the NBA Finals – a true beatdown with Ray Allen knocking down 3′s at will… heck – that would be the best Christmas for me. I love to see the tradition is continuing – LAL vs. Boston.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Magic v. Hornets will be way more intresting.

  • http://slamonline.com RolleZed

    BETCATS are u serious?! Give me a break. Would u also want to see Raptors @ Indianapolis?

  • rum

    at least this time it wont be the celtics vs an injured lakers team. we’ll see how good the defending champs are this year.

  • j

    Wait, no Shaq versus Kobe!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What will ABC shove down my throat?

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    think about it Rolle: Howard, Rashard, Hedo, Pietrus (who is a high flyer), and Jameer Nelson going agianst Chandler, West, Peja, Mo Pete, and CP3. The Celtics and Lakers will be like a miniture war, but i think the Magic Hornets will be all about fun and offence since both teams can light it up.

  • http://nbaukfan.blogspot.com/ mat smith

    just give us nash and be done with it….

  • B. Long

    Both games will be good. Of course I will be actually paying attention to one of them a little more than the other. 8)

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    this is even better than the shaq. vs. kobe. matchup at xmas! oh joy :) Kobe vs. paul pierce. its no longer the mamba vs he got game threesome boy. Because paul says hes he best in the world. Kobe obviously disagrees. he might quote lil wayne, “we are not the same, i am a martian, im hotter than summer rain like carl thomas” yep. carl thomas.

  • Dallas J

    christ almighty will they hurry up and release the full schedule already? whats the holdup- okc?

  • http://myspace.com/jrcfl Justin

    The NOH vs ORL match up was a great one last year here in O-Town.


  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Magic v Hornets will meet in next year’s finals.

  • The Promise

    I was going more for Suns vs. Lakers

  • http://myspace.com/jrcfl Justin

    Roy, I hope you are right.

  • Godzilla

    Whaat??? No Sacramento vs OKC? hype it up as “Kings vs The Unknowns”

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Godzilla is a posting BEAST

  • http://phoenixsunsrising.blogspot.com Hersey

    I was hoping for Suns/Lakers or Suns/Heat too. Lakers/Celtics should be good. Hopefully the Lakers keep it closer than Game 6.

  • LA Huey

    I was going to say I’m glad that ABC decided not to hype another “Shaq’s Beef” kinda game but they’re probably thinking about letting him freestyle at halftime…

  • KB24(4)2ndMVP

    The Spurs are supposed to be signing Janerro Pargo, which will make the Hornets bench even thinner and will put the Spurs back up in the top 5 in the West

  • The Answer

    Clippers vs. Sixers maybe??

  • GiGi

    Yes, Lakers vs. Celtics!

    Hornets/Magic will be good to.
    Want to see Posey.

  • fluxland

    Raptors @ Indianapolis will be an epic showdown between Jose and TJ, RolleZed. Fireworks, buddy, fireworks…

  • The Ghost of Wilt Chamberlain

    It will be good to see how the Lakers fare with Bynum in the lineup. Magic vs Hornets = the next 10 years of the NBA.

  • http://slamonline.com RolleZed

    Well, what about OKC underdogs vs. Kings. Who would like to see a tough match up between Bobby Jackson and Earl Watson? What a showdown! lmao..

  • http://slamonline.com RolleZed

    wilt, the next ten years of the NBA will be all about Brooklyn. (if they get that new arena) But I’m not saying that New Orleans won’t be there. I’m just pretty confident about that brooklyn-lebron/wade thing.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I hope my Christmas will be with my TV, a b!tch and a beer. Yeah! Do I sound tough now?
    But seriously, I hope I’ll be able to watch those games, pretty cool.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics/ Moose

    best christmas ever.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics/ Moose

    thisll be a good christmas . . .

  • ktokyo

    Hey Shaq tell me how the sternbot’s ass tastes! He’s no longer on the radar for the Xmas game. lol.

  • ktokyo

    Oh…and GO LAKERS!

  • Boing Dynasty

    No dis, i like basketball and everything, but i usually have better sh!t to do on chistmas day and almost always forget these games are comming on til there already over.

  • Jose

    i find it strange that when they decided to go suns/lakers and heat/cavs.(to avoid the shaq vs. kobe) shaq was traded to phx. even tho it happned after x-mas i think shaq going to bean town . that be crazy but thats just a wild assumption

  • Young Chris MP3

    Justin Walsh should be banned from Slamonline for quoting Weezy.

  • tk

    I guess its safe to say stern realizes shaq and kobe have kissed and made up. had kb24 fired back to shaqs funky rap, we may have a different xmas matchup.