Looks like Blake Griffin and Stephen Curry are going to have to work on Christmas.
The Warriors are going to host the last of five Christmas Day games, with the Clippers as the opponent, according to CSNBayArea.com. (Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times broke the story.)
This will be the last game of the five-game day. It will open with Boston against the Knicks, followed by the Heat against Mavericks then the Lakers hosting the Bulls. We do not yet know the fifth and final game of the NBA’s opening day.
After some question as to whether Dwyane Wade would be good to go with his knee hurting. Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that coach Erik Spoelstra says Wade is “fine” and will play versus the Lakers Saturday afternoon.
The Lakers will likely look to go at Wade on the offensive end, as Bryant should be able to get space if he’s not 100%. Meanwhile, the Heat’s rotations will be affected by him not being 100%. Mike Miller is going to have to play well above his averages, even still being new to coming back after his injury in order to compensate.
On offense for the Heat, expect more of LeBron James coming off the pick and roll and driving into the teeth of the Lakers, not getting the foul, missing the shot, and the Lakers rebounding. Without Wade, there’s a huge gap in their offense, and the Lakers have some of the best rotation defense in the league, along with monstrous size. The transition game suffers with Wade not 100%, the halfcourt defense suffers, it’a big loss.
Yet another reason a Heat win doesn’t look promising as gametime nears.