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Shams: No Christmas Day games for Nets

Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at Arena Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

After a disappointing regular season, a disastrous post-season and an off-season from hell, we shouldn’t be surprised that the Nets won’t be part of the NBA’s annual Christmas showcase. And according to reports across Twitter, that is indeed the case.

After playing vs. the Celtics in 2021 and the Lakers in 2022, the Nets will be able to open their presents with family and friends in 2023.

Shams Charania broke the news...

The Nets went 44-38 last season, then were swept at the hands of the eventual Eastern Conference champion Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. And since June 30, they’ve been dealing with a trade request from Kevin Durant, arguably the game’s best player.

Of course, two of the Christmas Day participants — the Lakers and Knicks — didn’t even make the post season last year. But L.A. has LeBron James and New York historically gets big ratings no matter what their record.

The leak of the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule likely means the full season schedule is likely to be released soon, almost certainly this week. No word yet on who Brooklyn will open against.