The NBA does a good job of scheduling matchups for its Christmas Day slate that are not only competitive games between good teams, but also ones where there is a significant bit of drama attached.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers are expected to visit the Heat in Miami this Christmas, which (if we’re being honest) was to be completely expected. Now we have a report of another confirmed matchup, between two teams who definitely don’t like each other.
From Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:
Clippers will play Warriors Christmas night. makes sense for NBA to schedule them because of playoff history and dislike for the other.
The Clippers beat the Warriors in seven games in the first round of the playoffs last season, but there was plenty of drama along the way. The teams had a confrontation in the tunnels of the arena after all was said and done, and Doc Rivers and Mark Jackson engaged in a public war of words throughout the series.
Additionally, the teams faced each other last Christmas at Oracle Arena, and Blake Griffin was ejected after getting whistled for his second technical of the game following a dust-up with Andrew Bogut.
The bottom line is that the NBA looks for intriguing and contentious story lines for its Christmas day matchups. Warriors-Clippers is exactly that, so it’s no surprise we’ll see this one on the slate for the second straight season.
Steve Kerr missed the first half of last season with debilitating back pain, and in his quest to find pain relief he admitted he tried marijuana (which was legal for medicinal use in the state at the time). It didn’t work well for him, he added.
But Kerr also talked about how professional sports leagues, where the players are dealing with a lot of pain management (particularly the NFL and NHL), need to start viewing marijuana differently than they did a generation ago.
Draymond Green has his coach’s back, via Chris Haynes of ESPN. Although, not with the best pro-pot argument I’ve ever heard.
We’re just going to let this go because his heart is in the right place. It’s kind of like the scene in Animal House: “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!” “Germans?” “Forget it, he’s rolling.”
Green was also rolling when he started going in on the league’s crackdown on unnatural acts.
Draymond, so you know, here’s the link to Kiki Vandeweghe’s basketball-reference.com page. He’s not just the guy who hands out fines.
It almost fits the song: “All I wants for Christmas is healthy knees, healthy knees, healthy knees.”
Chandler Parsons took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and there were a few good answers in there but my favorite was this one:
Parsons has played in just six games for the Grizzlies this season, missing the start of the season to recover from off-season knee surgery, then now he has missed the last eight games with a knee bone bruise. The banged up Grizzlies could really use his shot creation back in the lineup.
As for other good questions/answers there was this combo, with a little help from ESPN’s Zach Lowe:
And then there’s this for the haters.
Who doesn’t love a good dunk compilation?
Well, somebody probably just said “bah, humbug” but is that the person you really want to hang out with?
The fine folks at NBA.com put together the Top 10 dunks of October and November, and when Rudy Gobert dunking over Kristaps Porzingis is all the way down at 10, you know it’s a good list. Put off starting your Christmas shopping, at least for another 2:44, and watch the video.
Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Of course you do. How is that even a question?
Above you can see just that from Chicago Friday night (where Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls knocked off the Cavaliers). Benny the Bull is on his side as well, while the Cubs’ mascot and others try and stay out of the way.
I’ll take this over another kids’ dribbling contest any day.