Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! We hope you enjoy your days with your families.
Teams in the WNBA have put out their holiday cards over the last several weeks. The best one in my opinion is from the Minnesota Lynx which is embedded above from their YouTube channel. In the video you can see Cheryl Reeve checking off her naughty vs. nice list, Lindsay Whalen playing with ornaments, and Prowl lying down on the floor. One player/entity got on the naughty list, and here's the reaction when they got to that line item:
Nice reaction! If you want to know who or what was naughty, just watch the video. :)
Another cool video from international teams comes from UMMC Ekaterinburg, which you can see below. Much of it is in Russian, which includes WNBA players speaking in Russian as well, like Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi:
NBA Basketball on Christmas Day
There won't be any women's college basketball games on, but this is a major day for the NBA as 10 of their teams, most of whom are among the elite will play starting this afternoon (or morning if you're in the West Coast). Schedule's below:
- Washington Wizards (19-8) at New York Knicks (5-25), 12 p.m. ET - The Wizards have tied a franchise-best 19-7 start and will look to end a two-game losing streak against the lowly Knicks, who play on Christmas just because they have Carmelo Anthony. The Wizards are a veteran team around a young core and a superstar guard. Believe it or not, I am on board with this team being an old bunch. I'm no hypocrite though. It's because the Wizards have taken the necessary painful steps to get where they are today, and they're further ahead of the rebuild cycle than the Mystics, who are still in the early stages in my opinion. Watch this game on ESPN nationally, CSN Mid Atlantic in the D.C. area, MSG in the NYC area.
- Oklahoma City Thunder (13-16) at San Antonio Spurs (18-11), 2:30 p.m. ET - This game is a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Finals, which San Antonio won. Both teams this season haven't started off as well as they would have liked due to injury, but I still expect both of these teams to be in the deep playoff picture anyway. Watch this game on ABC.
- Cleveland Cavaliers (17-10) at Miami Heat (13-16), 5 p.m. ET - LeBron returns to South Beach, but that's too obvious of a storyline. After a rough start with their ballyhooed roster, the Cavs are now starting to come around and are playing about as well as the pundits expected. The Miami Heat on the other hand have taken a considerable step back, and are 5-10 at home this season. This game is also on ABC.
- Los Angeles Lakers (9-19) at Chicago Bulls (19-9), 8 p.m. ET - This game will feature Kobe Bryant against Pau Gasol, who signed a new deal in the Windy City, where he's more likely to win a championship. L.A.'s coming off a big 115-105 win over the Warriors ... WITHOUT KOBE. They also have a recent win against the Spurs. So this game may be more competitive than advertised... Watch this game on TNT.
- Golden State Warriors (23-4) at Los Angeles Clippers (19-10), 10:30 p.m. ET - This is the game of the night, and it's between two high performing teams that are division rivals and have no love lost for each other. Golden State is the best NBA team right now, even considering that ugly Lakers loss. They are 23-4 for God's sake and won 16 straight games during this relatively young season. The Clippers are obviously in the playoff picture, but haven't hit the ground running like many expected given that it's Doc Rivers' second season at the helm. This game is also on TNT.
Once again, enjoy your holidays, and also some NBA basketball if you are watching the games this afternoon and evening!