The NBA released its 2021 Christmas Day schedule on Tuesday. The schedule is jam-packed with several great matchups, like Lakers-Nets and Hawks-Knicks.
Here’s a look at the full Christmas Day schedule:
- Hawks at Knicks – 12 p.m. ET on ESPN
- Celtics at Bucks – 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC
- Warriors and Knicks – 5 p.m. ET on ABC
- Nets at Lakers – 8 p.m. ET on ABC
- Mavericks at Jazz – 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
As you may have noticed, the Nuggets aren’t in the lineup. That’s bad news for Jokic.
Jokic is the first reigning NBA MVP to not get a Christmas Day game since 2008. Talk about major disrespect.
Nikola Jokic is the first reigning MVP to not get a Christmas Day game since the NBA went to 5 games on Christmas in 2008. pic.twitter.com/C05FQVkZax
— StatMuse (@statmuse) August 17, 2021
There’s no doubt Nikola Jokic deserved the MVP award last season. He averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. But he’s not the most exciting player, and he plays for a pretty small team brand when compared to teams like the Lakers or Warriors.
Regardless, ESPN and the NBA should’ve placed the Nuggets in their Christmas Day lineup. They’re far more deserving than the Utah Jazz, who don’t have a player of Jokic’s caliber.
A Mavericks-Nuggets Christmas Day game would’ve been a bit more entertaining than Mavericks-Jazz. Oh well.
Jokic continues to get disrespected, despite his sensational on-court play.