Nets and Celtics set for Christmas clash

Five reasons to spend part of your holiday with the Nets on YES
12/23/2012 6:44 PM ET
By Staff

On Christmas Day, the Nets and Celtics meet for the first time since their fracas in Boston on Nov. 28.(AP)
On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will kick off a slate of five Christmas Day NBA games with a noon start at the Barclays Center.

Coverage begins on YES Network at 11:30 a.m. with Nancy Newman and the Nets Pregame Show, and Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel are set to have the call of the game starting at 12 p.m.

So, once the presents are all unwrapped and dinner is in the oven, here are five reasons why Nets vs. Celtics on YES is a Christmas Day clash you won’t want to miss:

No. 1: Brawl-out Fallout
The last time the Nets and Celtics squared off, Kris Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett late in the second quarter and all heck broke loose, with three players ejected and Rajon Rondo suspended two games for inciting a fracas. With some leftover bad blood likely still lingering between the two teams, it’s sure to be a physical game, and anything can happen.

No. 2: Breaking from the pack
The Nets come into the game in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 14-12 record…but the Celtics are just a game behind at 13-13, and with Philadelphia lurking in fourth place at 13-15, every game between these Atlantic Division rivals is a huge one. The Nets powered past Philly on Sunday to improve to 6-2 in the Atlantic Division, and would love a third straight win over Boston to push themselves closer to the division-leading Knicks.

No. 3: Brooklyn’s back on top
The Nets are 5-3/6-2 in the Atlantic Division this year, and two of those wins have come at the expense of the Celtics. The last time the Nets outright won the season series against Boston was 2005-06, when they won three of four, and the following season (2006-07) was the last time they even won two of four. In fact, over the last five seasons from 2007-12, the Nets won just two games total against Boston, going 2-17 in that span; so, a win on Christmas Day would give the Nets quite a few bragging rights for the first time in a long time.

No. 4: It’s New York vs. Boston
While the Yankees and Red Sox may be the most bitter rivals, the rivalry between sports teams from Boston and New York extends throughout all four major sports. The Nets were always a part of that while playing in New Jersey, but now that they’re officially “New Yorkers” calling Brooklyn home, the Gotham vs. Beantown rivalry is in full effect for the Nets and Celtics.

No. 5: Because David Diamante asked nicely
If you can’t be in the Barclays Center on Christmas Day, then the Nets’ public address announcer hopes you’ll join Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel on YES at noon on Tuesday…and, of course, follow along with him on Twitter @DavidDiamante. “Where Brooklyn at?” he asks? Hopefully watching the Nets on YES! comments