NBA Games on Christmas

Lakers President Jeanie Buss with new Lakers, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, along with returning Lakers, Trevor Ariza and Dwight Howard (Provided by Beverly Hills Courier)

Mustang Staff

The NBA has five games scheduled on Christmas Day including head to head match ups between the Lakers versus the Nets and the Warriors versus the Suns. The Lakers Nets game may be postponed because 10 Nets players are suspended for Covid testing including starter Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Fresh off their most impressive win of the young season against the Celtics, the Lakers hope to turn their fortunes around with a new cast of players. In the 117- 102 victory over the Boston Celtics, new Laker and LA native, Russell Westbrook made his presence known with 24 points and 11 assists in 36 minutes of playing time. Teammates LeBron James (30pts) and Anthony Davis (17pts, 16 rebounds) also contributed to the much needed victory as the Purple and Gold stand at 13-12.

Team captain LeBron James focused on playing solid defense, ignoring the political remarks of Celtics center, Enes Freedom (formerly named Kanter), who accused LeBron of being a puppet of the Chinese government. At their last game on November 19, Kanter wore shoes illustrated with LeBron bowing to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is placing a crown on the head of “King James.”

On Twitter, Kanter-Freedom, stated, “Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice … They really do ‘shut up and dribble’ when Big Boss (China) says so … Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

James responded to the incident with, ” [Kanter-Freedom] is trying to use my name to create an opportunity for himself… I seen him in the hallway, and he walked right by me.”

Following the win on December 7, James focused on the team’s urgency to win. “Guys were attacking the rim… [and we had] a lot of ball movement.” Currently, the Lakers are in sixth place in the Western Conference standings, looking up at the Warriors and Sun who both have 21 wins. The Lakers’ Christmas day opponent, the Brooklyn Nets, sits at the top of the Eastern Conference with 18 wins.