Blake Griffin and the Clippers join the NBA’s Christmas Day lineup

Even back in July we knew that, should the NBA and its players get it together in time to have games on Christmas Day, that the league's showcase day would feature a Finals rematch between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks. Also lining up to entertain on Dec. 25 would be the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, with the venerable Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Chicago Bulls.

Storied, veteran teams, each and every one. Well now, via Eye On Basketball and coming from the Contra Costa Times is news that the NBA is going to throw us a bone and end what was perhaps the most frustrating delay of the NBA lockout:

Our inability to watch Blake Griffin play basketball.

The league hasn't announced it officially, but it appears as if Griffin's Los Angeles Clippers will take on the high-octane Golden State Warriors (featuring Mark Jackson's debut as an NBA coach) in the league's late game, bringing the schedule of opening day games up to four. And if rumors are to be believed, there might be a fifth game snuck in there somehow.

Either way, it doesn't matter. Blake Griffin and basketball are back. That's all we're paying attention to at this point.

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