In the NBA, Christmas Day is normally a day set aside to showcase the best teams in the league. It’s the day that normally features the defending champions, NBA Finals and Playoffs rematches and rivalries that have been brewing over recent seasons. In the Association Christmas Day is like Christmas.
While the schedules have yet to be released for the 2013-2014 season, there have been rumors flying around about who plays who on the big days of the NBA season, such as Christmas. For a few weeks, there had been speculation about cultivating the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks rivalry on Christmas Day. However, that may not be the case.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, it’s likely to be the Chicago Bulls that will be playing the Nets on Christmas Day. That Christmas Day game would be a throwback to what turned out to be an epic seven-game series between the two teams in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
In their first round series in this past postseason, there were plenty of memorable moments, most notably game four that went three overtimes and finished with a score of 142-134 in favor of the Bulls. The Bulls obviously went onto win the series. However, the pieces in this possibly Christmas Day game are going to be much different than they were in the 2013 playoffs.
While the Nets have added Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko, the Bulls will have arguably the biggest factor added to the floor: Derrick Rose. The Nets didn’t have to contend with the explosiveness and playmaking ability of Rose in the playoffs, but come Christmas Day they may have to. Here’s to hoping there’s another classic like game four, only this time with Rose and more stars battling it out.