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.
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.