8 Takeaways from NBA Christmas Day Action

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8 Takeaways from NBA Christmas Day Action
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Christmas Day belongs to the NBA's biggest stars, and after a spotty start, the holiday action picked up in a big way.

Early on, the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls reminded us all that an awful lot has changed since they met for a triple-overtime thriller last April.

Then, the New York Knicks finally inspired their fans to accept reality. That's not a good thing, by the way.

Russell Westbrook continued playing dress-up, the Los Angeles Lakers got a key component back in their rotation and LeBron James finished up the early slate of games in style.

Toss in some vintage Gregg Popovich crankiness and a heated, high-octane nightcap between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, and you've got yourself one merry NBA Christmas.

Also, there were lots of sleeves.

Here's what you need to know about today's Yuletide hoops.

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