Since before the season began, NBA fans have been hearing about what is being hyped as the game of the season: The Los Angeles Lakers versus the Miami Heat on Christmas Day.
It will be a clash between the two teams that some have penciled in as adversaries in the NBA Finals next June.
While I have always questioned the wisdom of assuming that any team is guaranteed a spot in the NBA Finals six months ahead of time, there is no doubt that there is interest in seeing how the Heat stack up against the two-time defending champions.
As a possibly entertaining diversion from wrapping paper strewn across the floor and children whining, "but I wanted an Xbox 360!" it does the trick, but as a precursor for what will occur months from now, this game is about as relevant as the Lakers' recent beatdown of the Wizards minus John Wall.
But while the networks will hype it up as if the winner of this game will be the next NBA champion, I have five reasons to respectfully disagree.