It’s the perfect match. The Nets will play the Celtics at 5 p.m. in Boston on Christmas Day, part of ESPN’s holiday extravaganza.
Kyrie Irving back at TD Garden for the first time since he left for Brooklyn. Kevin Durant’s first big game on the national stage since he got hurt. Steve Nash’s too. (Maybe the only thing bigger would be if the Warriors come to Barclays Center three days earlier ... more on that in a bit.)
Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news...
ESPN Sources: Tentative Christmas Day Schedule pic.twitter.com/MId025HKvB— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 2, 2020
Of course, only the teams projected to be among the league’s best get a chance to play on Christmas ... particularly the ones with the biggest stars and the Nets have two of those in KD and Kyrie.
The Nets haven’t played on Christmas since 2013 when the lost to the Bulls, 95-78, at Barclays Center in what was termed a nationally televised embarrassment.
And what about Opening Night, three days earlier? There are rumors, yes there are, about a Nets-Warriors match-up at Barclays Center. Kevin Durant vs. Steph Curry (and Draymond Green) with literally the whole world watching.
The Athletic’s Golden State beat writer, Anthony Slater, thinks he sees a clue about Opening Night in the Warriors’ Christmas Day match-up with the Bucks in Milwaukee.
Yes: The Warriors at Nets opening night ratings monster is screaming as a likely scheduling option https://t.co/oT4wqeUhCq— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 2, 2020
We should know about that as early as tomorrow!
- Nets get Christmas date with Celtics as Kyrie Irving returns to Boston - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets at Celtics on NBA Christmas Day schedule: report - Garrett Stepien - SNY
- Sources: Dallas Mavericks-Los Angeles Lakers to highlight Christmas Day slate - Ohm Youngmisuk - ESPN
- NBA Christmas Day schedule: Ranking every matchup, with Lakers vs. Mavericks headlining the reported slate - Sam Quinn - CBS Sports