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The second-round showdown between your Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks that went the entire seven games was probably the most thrilling battles of the complete playoffs, and NBA fans will reportedly be treated to some other matchup on Christmas Day.
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reported the Celtics will face the Bucks on Dec. 25 through the upcoming 2022-23 campaign.
Boston had little trouble with the Brooklyn Nets while sweeping them in the initial round of the playoffs but ran into quite the roadblock in the next round in Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.
Milwaukee was the defending champions and jumped out to a 3-2 lead with Antetokounmpo at the forefront and looking just like the best player on earth. Even lacking any injured Khris Middleton, it seemed as though the Bucks were headed to the Eastern Conference Finals because they attemptedto defend their crown.
And Jayson Tatum dropped 46 points on the highway in Game 6 to preserve the Celtics’ season before they won the decisive Game 7 on the home floor.
Milwaukee perfectly may have won the series if Middleton was healthy and there to supply support for Antetokounmpo. The two-time MVP had to accomplish a lot of the heavy lifting without his No. 2 option and averaged 33.9 points, 14.7 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals per game in the series with the Celtics.
Even that wasn’t enough to outlast the eventual Eastern Conference champions, who continued to reduce to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
As the playoff rematch between your Celtics and Bucks will undoubtedly be quite the draw, it is not the only real reported headline game for Christmas Day:
Fans will undoubtedly be treated to a matchup between LeBron James and Luka Doni, a clash between Eastern Conference rivals in the Philadelphia 76ers and NY Knicks, a playoff rematch between your Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies, and a potential playoff preview between your Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets.
As is nearly always the case on Christmas, you will see no shortage of high-profile NBA games this season.