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Report: Knicks-Wizards tentatively set for Christmas Day

Aug 1, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony, John Wall Carmelo Anthony, John Wall

Not every Christmas Day game can be as fun as LeBronfest ‘14: Heat-Cavs, but the league must still fill its Dec. 25 schedule.

With so many of the best teams in the Western Conference and many of the biggest markets on the East Coast, it’s a balancing act. Not every game in the Christmas lineup can feature two great teams.

Sometimes, a reasonable matchup between two not-terrible teams (sorry Wizards for the Knicks lowering the threshold) is good enough for the bottom-rung game.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

The Wizards just advanced their furthest in the playoffs since 1979. They have one of the league’s most exciting players in John Wall. Bradley Beal adds to a young core. Paul Pierce brings championship experience and star appeal. Marcin Gortat is an enforces and a character. And Randy Wittman’s face can be pretty entertaining.

The Knicks play in New York City.

This would be the Knicks’ sixth straight Christmas Day appearance and the Wizards’ first in six years and just second in 27 years.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:07 PM


    • ez0682 - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      Hahaha we in the eastcoast where teams are watched from the east. Eh to your team scrub haha u west coast or middle coast farmer lol

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    I’d rather see a Knicks vs Bulls.

    It’s 6 teams, right? Here’s what I would schedule…

    Cavs vs Heat (in Miami)
    Knicks vs Bulls
    Spurs vs Mavs
    Clippers vs Warriors
    Thunder vs Wizards (in DC)

    and for fun I’d throw in Pelicans vs Hornets, in Charlotte.

  3. mcjon22 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Who’s watching THAT on Christmas? That wouldn’t fetch a large TV rating on a Tuesday night in February

    • spursareold - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Many casual fans base their watching habits off of which players do well for them in 2K.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        Shout out to Tyson Chandler, who’s been my starting C (or PF when I had Shaq) for literally a decade!

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Oh, and can’t forget the amazing Ronnie Brewer!!

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Shame they couldn’t schedule an NBA team for the Wiz to play.

    • Gordon - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      I’d rather see Bulls vs. Wiz. The Knicks are hot garbage, still living off their success in the 70’s & their geography. The Wiz are an exciting young team who demolished my Bulls in the playoffs. I’d like to see them square off with 2 healthy squads. Would be a fun game.

  5. norcalkingsfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Who decides this stuff?


  6. unxpexted1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    nice to see some wizards get some shine. Nothing wrong with this game. I’m sure it’ll be the first game on at like noon. Chill out people.

  7. azarkhan - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Well, that’s one game I’ll be happy to miss.

  8. onlyavoice - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Both teams over achieved last season,
    nothing to get excited about.

  9. csbanter - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    It’s about time the NBA let other teams get national tv exposure. The Wizards are going to be one of the top teams in the east

  10. watermelon1 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Okay, I get the complaints. The Knicks suck which makes this matchup suck.

    The wizards are a pretty good team and would be fun to watch against a better opponent.

    But how exactly is a Heat/Cavaliers matchup any better? Sure, the Cavs should be good. But the Heat are absolutely horrible without Lebron. So how is that matchup any better?

    The nba is about money, and is just trying to fill as many games as possible. They are trying to make the best matchups talent wise. That’s what the playoffs are for. If you don’t like the matchups… Don’t watch the one-sided games.

  11. lazegowizfan95 - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Bradley Beal has a history of stuntin on the Knicks so I bet he does the usual to the Knicks he made 2 game winners on them last year.

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