NBA fans could very well be treated to a Christmas showdown between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics. The NBA schedule is set to be officially released this week, and the clash between these two rivals could be a special yuletide feature.
NESN has picked up a tweet by The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor. In the post, he reveals that Madison Square Garden in New York City could play host to the Knicks and the Celtics right on Christmas Day.
While nothing is currently confirmed when it comes to the regular season schedule, fans only need to wait a few more hours to get solid information. According to Bleacher’s Brew, the NBA schedule for 2016-17 is reportedly being released Thursday, Aug. 11, at 5:45 p.m. ET. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, featured in the last two NBA finals, could join the Knicks and he Celtics for the ultimate Christmas Day NBA spectacle.
The Cavaliers are the reigning NBA champions, but the Golden State Warriors showed a dominant performance last season with a record number of 73 game wins on their way to the finals.
While the season is waiting to start, a host of NBA stars are currently showing off their skills at the Rio Olympics 2016. Tony Parker has so far led France to victory against Serbia. Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony has led Team USA to a narrow victory against Australia.
The men from down under kept it close for three quarters, and even led by as much as eight points in the early stages of the game. USA needed to step it up in order to keep themselves in contention. Despite being favorites to win the gold medal, they only managed to pull away in the fourth quarter. Anthony scored 31 points in the game, which helped the Americans seal a final score of 88-78.