It has become one big Christmas tradition, plopping down with a big glass of eggnog or something else of your choice in front of a big screen TV to indulge in a big dose of NBA basketball. The New York Knicks actually kicked off this tradition in 1948, beating the Providence Steamrollers at Madison Square Garden. Today's matchups don't involve the Steamrollers. There are five games in all and they promise to be just as exhilarating. And here with a preview is the always exhilarating Mike Pesca.

PESCA: The Celtics. And so Brooklyn's an exciting team. They've gone on a few winning streaks, but they've really come down to earth. So Brooklyn may be in the house, but as of late the house seems to have fallen on them. The Celtics, we know what we're getting from the Celtics. cheap air max shoes An old team who every once in a while can muster up the fortitude to beat a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder. But really they're kind of aging, so this might be called the undercard intriguing and yet not. Well, take me to the next matchup.

PESCA: Well, nhl jerseys outlet yes. There's a lot of storylines going on here. First of all, the Knicks are good and that's a little bit surprising. Carmelo Anthony is proving to be one of the best players in the NBA, not just the selfish guy who takes a lot of shots.

PESCA: Speaking of selfish guy who takes a lot of shots, you have Kobe Bryant on the other team. Both of these guys are selfish because they're great. But now Kobe Bryant is surrounded by a cast of characters who can contribute if he or the coach would just let him. And the coach of the Lakers is Mike ray ban sunglasses outlet D'Antoni, who was the coach of the Knicks. They were pretty awful under D'Antoni. And the Lakers are now coached by him. They've not been doing well.

PESCA: Yeah. The Clippers are the best team in the NBA by, you know, most advanced metrics, by the eye test, by everything except the fact that they don't have the pedigree of, say, the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. And those two teams will be going on it in a rematch of the finals today also. That's definitely one of the marquis matchups. Clippers also playing today. They'll be taking on the Nuggets, a fine team. Let's watch to see this. So if you're up on the West Coast and it fits into your day, you discount mlb jerseys might be falling asleep after all the eggnog and grog that we talked about, but let's just watch Chris Paul chuck it up for Blake Griffin and some monstrous slams.