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Report: Clippers to host Warriors as part of NBA’s Christmas Day schedule

Aug 9, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, Glen Davis Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, Glen Davis

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.

From Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

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.

  1. mungman69 - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    No Sixers vs. Bucks game Christmas Day?

  2. mungman69 - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Really, Bulls vs. Wizards would be a good game after their series last season.
    How about Spurs vs. Thunder?
    And Portland vs. Rockets.

  3. 00maltliquor - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Called it

  4. seasickcecil - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    @Chris_Broussard: Source: Ray Allen has told those close to him that he’ll play next season. Cleveland frontrunner but not 100 pct definite

  5. mcjon22 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Rather of seen Bulls vs. Lakers in LA. Pau comes back, Kobe and D Rose are healthy, ect. Clippers vs Warriors is good, but probably lacks intrigue to the average fan that doesn’t follow the league the entire season.

  6. imakcds - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Clippers vs Warriors IS a rivalry now, a very volatile one, and Christmas Day is a horrible date to promote what is only negative energy.

  7. montrealknowledge - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    @mungman… Philly V Bucks would be awesome… For me to actually have Christmas dinner with the TV off for once. Bulls V Spurs would be a nice championship preview !!!

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