December 23, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Santa Claus cheers in the first half of the game between the Orlando Magic and the Utah Jazz at Amway Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Daily Links: Merry Christmas Edition!!!

Well, it’s finally here: Christmas Day!

And with it, an intriguing five-game schedule in the NBA today.  First you’ve got the Nets and Bulls going at it starting at noon; then, the Thunder and Knicks get it on at 2:30 from Madison Square Garden.  The third match-up, the Heat versus the Lakers, would be much more interesting if the Lakers were healthy, or even if just Kobe Bryant was playing.  The fourth game is the battle for Texas, as the Rockets go toe-to-toe with the Spurs.  Finally, the late game is a 10:30 barn-barner between the Clippers and the Warriors, two teams who combined for 241 points the first time they played this season!

Yeah: if you like the NBA, you’ve got a lot to look forward to today.  As if the games weren’t enough, I think you have been nice enough to earn today’s links, too!

Get all of your previews for today’s match-ups over at NBA.com, as well.

As if all of this pre-game coverage was not enough, here is what J.A. Adande thinks of today’s Christmas feast.  [ESPN]

Let’s face it: some of the teams playing today were supposed to be contenders.  Instead, the Grinch has slipped us some duds on Christmas day.  [Bleacher Report]

Gotta love self-promotion, and no one does that better than the NBA.  Have you seen the Christmas day, sleeved, “Big Logo” jerseys, for goodness sakes?  If you haven’t, check ‘em out, and find out which is the best, and which, the worst.  [Dime]

Gotta love it when you get something for nothing!  Here’s a look at the NBA All-Stocking Stuffer Team: players who deliver the goods, for cheap!  [Sports Illustrated]

Finally: even though the Celtics are not playing today, our attention never strays too far from the Cs.  Here is a piece that gives you five reasons why Jared Sullinger is a legit building block for this franchise.  [b/r]

Merry Christmas, everyone!  Enjoy the hoops today, and check back in with us as I present to you my Christmas wishes for the Boston Celtics.

 

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