There was not a whole lot of fanfare for the holiday showdown — the Times ran a short preview for the game, which was preceded by an exhibition game between teams fielded by department store giants Gimbel’s and Abraham & Strauss, the two leaders Paul George Jerseys of the Knickerbocker League.But it marked the beginning of what is now a 70-year tradition: the NBA on Christmas Day. Things have come a long way since the big showing of Knorek against the Steam Rollers — the NBA has taken hold of Stephen Curry Jerseys the sporting scene on Christmas Day over the years, and this time around, there will be five games aired on three networks, featuring stars like LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant. “We’ve sort of put a stake Derrick Rose Jerseys in the ground on the importance of this for our teams and our fans,” NBA senior VP Tom Carelli told Sporting News, “to try and deliver, when people can see our great players and great teams all on one shot. You can see Andrew Wiggins Jerseys a majority of great players all in one day. It’s all in one day.”The history of Christmas Day games in the NBA has been consistent, but the expansion of the slate — from one game to a double-header, to three games, back to Jimmy Butler Jerseys one game and now to the quintet we’ll see on Monday — has only come in the last 10 years. Five staggered games in one day might appear to be overkill, but for the league, there’s no evidence that fans are overstuffed with Lauri Markkanen Jerseys holiday games.
The Los Angeles Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant's No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys on Monday at halftime of their game against the Golden State Warriors.Before the ceremony, Bryant was asked which Lakers jersey number was his favorite: the No. 8 Custom NBA Jerseys worn by the young Kobe, or the No. 24 worn by his older self.“I kind of go back and forth, but No. 8 has something that 24 will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever have, and that’s the ability to grow hair,” Bryant Derrick Favors Jerseys joked.The 39-year-old then gave a serious response: “It’s really, really tough for me. I think 24 was more challenging, and I tend to gravitate to things that are harder to do. And physically for me it was really, really hard NBA Jerseys to get up, night-in and night-out, man. It’s a grind. Taking on the Boston Celtics (in the Finals). Having a bone fragment in my foot during that series. Having a broken finger. Muscling through that back half of the career, some of the Brandon Ingram Jerseys toughest stretches of basketball ever, man.“And so, I guess if you forced me to pick one, I’d probably go with No. 24 because of that.”
The Warriors' 11-game winning streak came to an end Saturday with a 96-81 defeat at the hands of Dwyane Wade Jerseys the Nuggets.Kevin Durant was unable to keep up his torrid scoring pace Saturday as he put up 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting. He went 0 for 5 from 3-point range which carried over to the rest of his teammates. Golden State shot 38.6 James Harden Jerseys percent from the field, but worse, they managed to go just 3 of 27 from beyond the arc.It was the worst the Warriors have shot from 3-point land by a wide margin this year and the first time they have failed to shoot Gordon Hayward Jerseys better than 20 percent from beyond the arc."Sometimes the ball doesn't go in the hole," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters following the game. "Sometimes when the ball doesn't go in the hole, it affects the body language and energy of the guys. Jonathan Isaac Jerseys We had some good shots early that didn't go in. It just didn't happen for us. But I'm really proud of our guys. Eleven in a row, given all the injuries. It's hell of a streak. We'll flush this one down the toilet Carmelo Anthony Jerseys and move on."After losing Stephen Curry to an injury Dec. 4, many thought the Warriors would take a step back, but all the loss of Curry did was send Kevin Durant on a scoring streak to carry Golden State to seven more consecutive Emmanuel Mudiay Jerseys wins. In those games Durant averaged 32.3 points in addition to 9.6 rebounds.No player for either team scored 20 points as Nuggets guard Gary Harris led all scorers with 19.
With a 111-103 loss at home to the Wizards on Christmas Day, the Boston Celtics Jerseys Celtics are on a 5-6 run over their last 11 games, a drop into mediocrity from the 16-game winning streak that had Boston talking title during the first quarter of the NBA season. As the Cavaliers (24-10) have found their groove and are Markelle Fultz Jerseys expecting Isaiah Thomas on the court soon, and the Raptors are still sporting single-digit losses (23-8), pro basketball observers are starting to doubt the Celtics’ (27-10) long-term prospects.Kyrie Irving, though, wants to ease the minds of Celtics fans.Asked whether the loss to Washington Golden State Warriors Jerseys was one of the most disappointing of the season, Irving responded, "I don't know, man. Come on, man. Is that because it was Christmas?""You been watching our games?," Irving asked of the reporter. "It happens."Pressed about what has changed from the team that Karl-Anthony Towns Jerseys won 16 in a row, Irving said, "I just want to be clear, guys, I know this is gonna come with a lot of questions about the difference in our team and stuff like that, but to clear it all up, we'll be fine. Things happen within an NBA season where you Joel Embiid Jerseys have to collect yourself, and as professionals, it's our job."
Stephen Curry will be out until at least Friday as he continues to recover from a sprained ankle.The two-time NBA MVP has missed nine games with the injury, suffered in a Dec. 4 game against the Pelicans. Curry was re-evaluated Tuesday and will be re-evaluated on Friday, the team said Tuesday. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Curry is Ben Simmons Jerseys making progress, and even played some 4-on-4 Sunday, but he wants Curry to have two or three full practices before he returns.The Warriors play the Jazz Wednesday, then face the Hornets at home on Friday.Golden State is 8-1 during Curry's absence, and certainly Los Angeles Lakers Jerseys don't want to take a chance rushing him back until he is 100 percent.
The NBA's Christmas Day tradition turns 70 this year and once again includes some of the best matchups of the entire season. A Cavs-Warriors midday game highlights this season's Josh Jackson Jerseys group of games, but the rest include a matchup of each conference's best two point guards and a Joel Embiid-Kristaps Porzingis faceoff.Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis will meet in the Big Apple to tip off the Christmas Day action. Some of the league's Kevin Durant Jerseys top stars-in-the-making will face off in this game, with the Sixers' Ben Simmons and Embiid facing Tim Hardaway Jr. and Frank Ntilikina on the Knicks. Embiid vs. Prozingis promises to be an intriguing frontcourt battle.LeBron James and the Cavaliers won a thrilling game Stephen Curry Jerseys over the Warriors last Christmas Day. This season, the teams match up for the first time since the Warriors won last year's Finals over the Cavs in five games. Unfortunately, Stephen Curry is unlikely to play in this game because of an ankle Kevin Durant Jerseys injury.
It's been known for days that Stephen Curry won't play in the Warriors' anticipated Christmas matchup against the Cavaliers, but now coach Steve Kerr spelled out why Curry will be on the sidelines.Curry sustained a sprained ankle earlier in the month that Devin Booker Jerseys will require 2-3 weeks of healing. Even though Monday's game is huge, Kerr said it would be "irresponsible" for him to put Curry in the game.“The guy hasn’t even had a 3-on-3 game, right?” Kerr said, via NBA.com. “So if we weren’t playing Warriors Jerseys Cleveland on Christmas and I told you Steph hasn’t played in a 3-on-3 game, hasn’t had any contact at all and the game is 48 hours from now, you’d say, ‘oh, Steph’s not going to play. But because of the magnitude of the Kyrie Irving Jerseys game, everybody wants to know. But we can’t let that affect our judgment. He can’t play. That would be completely irresponsible if he did.”The Warriors record is almost pristine without Curry — they have gone 7-1, with the only loss coming from Saturday's Milwaukee Bucks Jerseys game against the Nuggets. Kevin Durant has stepped up mightily in Curry's absence, averaging 30.5 points per game with 9.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists in those eight games.
In a cryptic remark after the Cavaliers were blown out 133-99 in Toronto on Thursday, Houston Rockets Jerseys Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue blamed players’ “agendas” for the slump in which the team is currently mired."We've got to be better," Lue said, per ESPN. "We know that. But until we play better defensively, I think offensively sharing the basketball, everyone on the Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys same page — and if guys have agendas, we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way."Following an 18-1 run from Nov. 11 through Dec. 17, the Cavs have lost seven of 10 games. The 34-point loss to the Chris Paul Jerseys Raptors follows a 127-99 defeat at Minnesota on Monday. It also marks the third game in row in which Cleveland has allowed 127 or more points.While Cavaliers players understand there are things that need to be fixed, they don’t quite get what Lue Russell Westbrook Jerseys meant by “agendas". Lue didn’t offer any clarity, either, saying in an equally vague response he meant "just what I said."Asked if Lue may have been referring to him, LeBron James said, "I mean, I would hope not. I don't [have an Paul Millsap Jerseys agenda]. At this point, three and a half, four years in this thing, I hope not. I don't know. I don't have one. I just want to win. I just like playing ball the right way, getting guys involved and winning the game Cheap NBA Jerseys also. I don't."Kevin Love also didn’t understand where Lue was coming from, saying, "If there are agendas, I don't see it. But I'm sure whoever he's speaking of or speaking to with that, he'll address it, as we usually do. So, I don't Klay Thompson Jerseys know."While murky in its meaning, Lue’s “agenda” comment may light a fire under some Cavs’ players."Maybe it's meant to be a wake-up call,” said reserve Channing Frye. “My bags have been half-packed since I got here. This is meant to be a championship L.A. Clippers Jerseys group. We have to understand, if we're not helping move everything in a championship direction, there could be changes."Midseason slumps are nothing new to LeBron. He’s been through many of them with both the Cavs and the Heat, and he’s ended up in San Antonio Spurs Jerseys the NBA Finals seven straight seasons and won three titles during that stretch.