Christmas Day consists of a ridiculous NBA lineup. It's possible I set a record for least amount of body movement in one day.
It kicks off with the Nets and Celtics in Brooklyn, the Knicks in L.A. to face the Lakers, a rematch of last year's NBA finals between the Thunder and the Heat, the lockdown Bulls at home against the Rockets, and arguably the top dogs in the NBA right now, the Clippers face off with Denver.
Twitter had some stats, quotes and thoughts on this awesome day we'll all be sharing on the couch:
Top 5 Scorers (PPG) 1) Kobe (29.7) 2. Melo (28.3) 3. Durant (27.9) 4. Harden (25.6) 5. LeBron (25.4) #Leaderboard— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) December 24, 2012
The never-sarcastic Peter Vescey documenting Kobe Bryant's shot chart before the game even starts.
Kobe already has a dozen shot attempts against the Knicks— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) December 25, 2012
I'm not sure if this says more about the Lakers or the Knicks...
This is the first season in which the #Knicks have a better record than the Lakers heading into Christmas for the first time since 1996.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) December 24, 2012
The surprise stat of the day:
Celtics and Nets on Tuesday-- Of those 2, which has the winning record in games played on Dec 25? The Nets: 4-3. Celtics are 11-17— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 24, 2012
The second surprise stat of the day:
Kobe Bryant has a surprisingly low 5-9 record in Christmas games. Not sure it improves with NY coming to town. #Lakers— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) December 24, 2012
There isn't a defensive game plan in the world that can stop Carmelo Anthony when he's in the zone. At 28.3 points per game, I think it's fair to say he's in the zone.
Dwyer (@KDonhoops) December 24, 2012
If you're not familiar with Larry Coon, get familiar. When people have questions—about anything—they ask Larry. #Respect
Gonna say Lakers now that Nash is back. RT @jackhomie27: Take your pick on Christmas who do you got Knicks or Lakers.— Larry Coon (@LarryCoon) December 24, 2012
Here's a trend that would be tough to bet against:
Chicago #Bulls are 7-0 SU all-time when playing on Christmas Day at home— Jeff Grant (@JeffGrantSports) December 25, 2012
The Clippers are on fire, playing two-way basketball while presenting arguably the toughest frontcourt matchup in the game. It's difficult to defend Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan when they're two feet above the rim.
The Clippers are only the third team since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976-77 to take a 13-game win streak into Christmas Day.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 24, 2012
Some stats just don't come with any rhyme or reason...
Thunder-Heat Tuesday is 6th rematch of previous season’s NBA Finals held on Christmas Day (h/t Elias). Finals loser is 4-1 in those games— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 21, 2012
Joakim Noah, ladies and gentlemen: