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Report: NBA to have five games on Christmas Day

Nov 30, 2011, 1:49 AM EDT

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The NBA’s season opener has apparently gotten bigger.

What David Stern said would be a triple-header has now grown to be five games, according to the New York Times.

The first game will be on TNT, followed by two on ABC and two on ESPN. The league will announce the details of the five-game opening day on Friday. The first game will begin at noon Eastern, followed by tip-offs at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Expect the first game on TNT to be the Celtics vs. Knicks game from Madison Square Garden. The two ABC games will be a finals rematch of Dallas vs. Miami followed by the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Bulls. All of those were scheduled Christmas Day games prior to the lockout.

The other two games are unknown, but expect the 10:30 p.m. start to be a West Coast game.

One other bet is that you will see big names and matchups as the league will want to make as big a splash as possible. My gut would say the Thunder would be in there somewhere and that the late game will include Blake Griffin and the Clippers. But that’s just a guess.

  1. baned0n - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Suggestion to the NBA. Don’t overlap Bulls-Lakers with Bears-Packers.

  2. acieu - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Thugs galore on Christmas Day!

  3. ragdraggo - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    The Christmas-Day NBA game REALLY worth watching will be the Dallas Maverick–Miami Heat game!!! The almighty Mavericks look forward to PROVING that last June was NO FLUKE,, and that not only,, are they the BEST basketball team in the entire universe (for sure) but that the Mavericks are ALSO on a mission to Repeat,,, (then 3-Peat,,,, maybe 4-Peat,,,, and so on)! :-)

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