LeBron James once again playing Christmas game at home of defending NBA champ

LeBron James once again playing Christmas game at home of defending NBA champ

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James will make what has turned into a customary Christmas visit to the home of the ruling NBA champion when he drives his new group, the Los Angeles Lakers, against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. 

The Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, driven by James, have won the last four NBA titles, with the victor every one of the initial multiple times acquiring the privilege to have the sprinter up in a rematch on Christmas. 

Be that as it may, it's only half-genuine this year, with the NBA picking to welcome James and his new group instead of the Cavaliers. 

The Warriors beat the Cavaliers in their last two Christmas rematches in Oakland following their initial two titles in 2015 and 2017. James had 20 and 25 points in those misfortunes. 

The Warriors had not yet marked Kevin Durant when they beat the Cavaliers 89-83 on Christmas of 2015, with Stephen Curry scoring 19 points and Klay Thompson 18. 

After the Cavs beat the Warriors when the clubs met in Cleveland in 2016 — because the Cavaliers had won the title a half year sooner — the Warriors won again at home last Christmas notwithstanding Curry sitting out with damage. Kevin Durant (25 points) and Thompson (24) drove the way. 

The Warriors and Lakers are meeting out of the blue since James moved west in the offseason. They right now sit second (Warriors, 23-11) and fourth (Lakers, 19-14) in the Western Conference standings, making the likelihood they will meet in the playoffs out of the blue since 1991. 

The last time the Warriors won a playoff arrangement from the Lakers, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor was on the losing end of a 3-0 clear in the 1967 Western semis when the adversary was known as the San Francisco Warriors. 

The Warriors will take the floor Tuesday having prevailed upon seven straight the Lakers and having commanded them to the tune of 13-3 in the Steve Kerr time. 

They are falling off two nail-gnawing home successes on consecutive evenings — 120-116 over Dallas on Saturday and 129-127 over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. 

"It will be fun," Kerr said after directing his concentration toward the Lakers after Sunday's success. "I adore Christmas amusements, as long as they are at home. We are fortunate we're at home." 

The Lakers have lost three of their last four amusements, including a 107-99 vanquish at home against Memphis on Sunday night. 

They likely indeed will be without focus JaVale McGee, who has missed four straight amusements as he has struggled pneumonia. 

McGee felt adequate to make the trek north and will get his 2018 title ring in a pregame function. 

A key supporter of the Warriors last season when he made nine playoff begins, McGee conceded Sunday he was only upbeat to be back at the field and working up perspiration in the wake of being hospitalized. 

"It felt better, man," he said of his pregame warmup, something he plans to expand upon Tuesday. "Simply returning to the daily practice. For as long as eight, nine days, my routine has been laying in bed. What's more, that is it. So it's genuine reviving."

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