Dec 19 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers Pacemates dressed in Santa Claus outfits dance in a chorus line against the Utah Jazz at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Merry Christmas From Roberto Gato


It’s December 25th and that means one thing, and one thing only: PRESENTS PRESENTS PRESENTS!

In all seriousness, today should be about family, friends… and watching good basketball!

The NBA has a terrific slate of games today:

Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets
New York Knicks at LA Lakers
Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat
Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls
Denver Nuggets at LA Clippers

All five are great matchups for different reasons.

The Celtics and Nets are division rivals. New York and LA have that NYC, Los Angeles thing going, and everyone wants to watch the train wreck the Lakers have become. OKC at Miami is a finals rematch from a year ago with two of the best players in the league. The Houston Rockets are a scoring machine that likes to get out and run, while the Bulls are the exact opposite. The Clippers and Nuggets both have talented young players and play exciting styles of basketball.

One day the Charlotte Bobcats will play on Christmas.

The team is getting better; Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are two great young player to build around, and Bismack Biyombo is full of limitless potential.

On this Christmas, though, Bobcats fans will have to settle for that great slate of games mentioned above, and, really, that’s not so bad, is it?

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