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Wizards vs. Knicks and NBA Christmas Quintuple-Header Game Thread

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We get to kick off a major day in the NBA season!

2014-15 NBA Regular Season
(5-25)
vs.
(19-8)
December 25, 2014
Madison Square Garden
12 p.m.
CSN (D.C. area), MSG (New York City area) ESPN (Nationally), WNEW 99.1 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
Jose Calderon PG John Wall
Tim Hardaway Jr. SG Bradley Beal
Carmelo Anthony SF Paul Pierce
Amare Stoudemire PF Nene
Samuel Dalembert C Marcin Gortat
2014-15 Advanced Stats
89.5 (30th)
Pace 93.5 (14th)
104.4 (21st)
ORtg 106.2 (16th)
111.3 (27th)
DRtg 102.7 (6th)
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More Numbers

OFFENSE FOUR FACTORS DEFENSE FOUR FACTORS
Team eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA
Wizards 50.6% (12) 13.2% (12) 25.4% (17) 19.9% (20) 48.0% (6) 14.2% (9) 76.4% (7) 23.9% (26)
Knicks 49.5% (20) 14.6% (25) 26.7% (10) 17.4% (29) 51.3% (22) 13.8% (14) 70.5% (30) 24.5% (27)

Random Blurb

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

During the past several years, Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas is You" has been played during ESPN lead-ins, and this song is one of the top holiday songs of all time. I'm not the biggest music buff out there, but I can't believe that song is now 20 years old.

That's right! Mariah Carey wrote and produced that retro-sounding song back in 1994. She will be laughing to the bank for the rest of her life with it as those royalty checks come in her direct deposit. I embedded the video above (which is an alternate version -- the other version is here), and yes, I have a soft spot for a lot of Mariah's earlier songs.

The Wizards have a big game, where they need to take care of business and end a two-game losing streak. Sure, the Knicks are having a bad season, but as the cliché goes, you gotta beat the teams you're supposed to beat.

There are four Christmas games on after this one, so feel free to use this thread to talk about those games as well. We reserve the right to create a new thread if commenting traffic warrants it.

Here's the schedule:

Now, it's time to start this holiday off right!

UPDATE: