PBT Podcast: Christmas Day game previews with Dan Feldman

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Christmas Day. It’s the unofficial start of the NBA season (at least for casual fans).

The NBA tries to line up its best and brightest (and biggest draws) for a day of games on ABC and ESPN. This season everyone wants to see the NBA Finals rematch/preview as Golden State visits Cleveland — now with Kevin Durant. It’s unquestionably the game of the day, the first meeting between these teams since the Cavaliers were celebrating a title in the Warriors’ building.

But there are other games of intrigue out there: Boston at New York to start the day should be competitive. Can Minnesota even slow down Russell Westbrook? How do the Clippers look without Blake Griffin?

Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports break down each game, plus talk Chinese food on Christmas.

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Grizzlies fan absolutely owns kids halftime scrimmage (video)

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The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.

This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.

Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:

The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.

DeMarcus Cousins pushes Trevor Ariza after whistle, gets technical foul (video)

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For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.

Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.

Paul George floors Jeremy Lamb with crossover, hits step-back 3-pointer over him (video)

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The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.

Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.

David West pump fakes past one Trail Blazer, posterizes another (video)

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David West is 37 years old.