5 Things to Look Forward to on NBA Christmas Day 2013

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5 Things to Look Forward to on NBA Christmas Day 2013
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Two of the league's best point guards will face off in the Christmas Day nightcap.

Injuries have wreaked havoc on the NBA's 2013 Christmas Day schedule, unfortunately, but there are still plenty of reasons to tune in.

Despite spraining his ankle on Monday night, Carmelo Anthony sounds optimistic about his availability for the Xmas clash between his New York Knicks and Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder at 2:30 p.m. ET. Assuming he's able to suit up, we'll be treated to a head-to-head duel between the league's two top scorers.

And while Brook Lopez's broken foot, Derrick Rose's torn meniscus and Kobe Bryant's fractured left knee have stripped some of the luster away from the Brooklyn Nets-Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat-Los Angeles Lakers matchups, both games will still be jam-packed with must-watch storylines. (LeBron James, meet Nick "Swaggy P" Young.)

Things should really start heating up in the evening, as we tip off with a battle for Texas supremacy between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs at 8 p.m ET. In the final game of the night, we'll see the Western Conference's top two point guards going mano-a-mano as the Los Angeles Clippers face off against the Golden State Warriors.

Despite the litany of injuries, here's a glass-half-full view of what NBA fans can look forward to on Christmas Day.


Note: All statistics and records are current through games played on Dec. 23.

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