New York Knicks (20-7) @ Los Angeles Lakers (13-14)
Time: 3:00 p.m. EST
Line: Los Angeles (-3.5)
The last time Kobe Bryant took the floor Saturday night at Golden State, he hoisted the rock 41 times. Who knows what he has planned for a nationally televised game when he knows all eyes are fixated on Hollywood. In case you don’t know by now, this game features the NBA’s top two scorers in Bean and Carmelo Anthony, making it only the third time in NBA history the feat will occur on Christmas Day. Today also presents the first true litmus test for this slowly, but surely healing Lakers squad with Steve Nash back at the point.
One thing to monitor is if the Lakers allows the two-time MVP to operate the offense out of his hands, or if Kobe stays in gunner mode somehow convincing himself it’s 2006 all over again. Another dynamic to pay attention to is Tyson Chandler vs. Dwight Howard. Remember, Dwight not too long ago suggested Tyson only won Defensive Player of the Year last year off the strength everyone hated him for the Orlando fiasco. He was right about half of that.
On a real life note, however, much, much respect to Amar’e Stoudemire for playing Santa this year to a New York family in need. All jokes aside, 2012 has been one hell of a roller coast for Stat, both on and off the court. No word yet on his status.
Must-See TV: Kobe Bryant (31 pts, 7 rebs, 6 asts) vs. Carmelo Anthony (34 pts, 8 rebs, 5 asts); J.R. Smith in L.A. in front of America has “awesome” written all over it, too.