Christmas time is arguably the best time of the year, and it’s only enhanced by watching the league’s top teams and premier players duel all day long. This year, the Christmas Day stage is already set up to a fantastic one, as ESPN’s Marc Stein announced that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will be facing off that day.
Stein also noted that the Oklahoma City Thunder will play host to the Dubs on February 11, the first game that features Durant returning to OKC; that date is tentative, though.
We just had seven exciting games between the two teams but since then, Kevin Durant has signed with Golden State and J.R. Smith — probably — hasn’t put a shirt back on. The implications in this game will be far less heavy, but the entertainment value is still there as you put the NBA’s superteam against a squad that had LeBron James and Kyrie Irving pull them from a 3-1 deficit.
This will be the second year in a row where the two meet head-to-head but frankly, who cares? When they met up last year, it was in anticipation of a Finals matchup and to see if the Cavaliers would have any success against stopping the Warriors record-breaking run.
They didn’t, and Golden State pulled out the victory, 89-83 in a defensive slugfest.
It has yet to be seen how the Warriors fare on the defensive end of the court, and a game like the one last year would be utterly shocking with all the weapons being thrown on the floor. LeBron’s going to play like he always does, but the maturation of Kyrie Irving is something to watch in the upcoming matchup, especially after how he outplayed Curry on the game’s biggest stage.