Christmas Day Preview: Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers, 8 p.m.

Dec 23, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Ah, shucks, clothes for Christmas? LeBron James isn’t happy about the NBA’s latest gift to its players—sleeved jerseys.

“I can’t have my shooters out there worrying about some sleeves and not shooting the ball,” James said, via the Miami Herald.

It isn’t the matchup the NBA hoped it would have on the holiday. What was supposed to be a Kobe Bryant-led Lakers vs LeBron James has turned into a Swaggy P crew hosting the Heat.

If you’re in LA for Christmas, Heat vs. Lakers tickets remain available as of now so grab some before they’re gone.

Miami is shooting at an historically efficient rate, outlined here by Bleacher Report’s Ethan J. Skolnick. Some sleeves probably won’t buck the trend.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young hopes it does.

“We’re going to see,” Young told ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin. “I hope his shooters is messing up. I hope Ray Allen ain’t making shots. Right? So, I hope (LeBron James) is worried.”

Young might be better off worrying about his own team. The Lakers are 20th in the NBA, shooting 44 percent from the field. The Heat? They are first, by far, at 51.4 percent, according to statistics.

The Heat also lead in other advanced categories where the Lakers lag.

Like true shooting percentage, which is adjusted to include the value of three pointers and free throws. The Heat top the league at 60.4 percent while the Lakers tread water in the middle at 53 percent.

To the shot charts!

The Lakers:



The Heat:




Young might need a Christmas miracle to turn the tables. Have you seen those sleeved jersey‘s?

Yeah, that’s not it.


Topics: Game Preview, Lebron James, Miami Heat, Nick Young

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