Christmas Day basketball has been synonymous with Christmas for many years. For Bucks fans, we’ve dreamed of having a team good enough to watch in a Christmas Day game. Fortunately, a 41 year drought came to a close on Christmas Day in the 2018-19 season. The Bucks played at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks. Fast forward to 2021 and the Milwaukee Bucks are scheduled to host the Boston Celtics at Fiserv Forum. Wisconsin deserves a Christmas Day game but who exactly are we going to be watching?
The Game will be Played
Make no mistake, the NBA will make sure that the Christmas Day games happen at all costs. Which Bucks team will we be watching is a huge question mark. NBA Christmas Day games are about watching the best talent the NBA has to offer. With the new cases of COVID around the NBA, players have missed up to 14 days from the time they tested positive. Fans have to wonder if the stars are going to be ready to play by Christmas Day.
Christmas Day GTD
The label of GTD or Game Time Decision is something NBA teams use very loosely. Currently, the Milwaukee Bucks have four players with the GTD tag and the Boston Celtics have seven. Players such as Giannis, Bobby Portis, Josh Richardson, Al Horford and Grant Williams are all in jeopardy of missing the game. Fans need to brace themselves for seeing Jrue Holiday, and hopefully Khris Middleton, taking on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. This game isn’t as exciting without Giannis, but Bucks fans need to be thankful we get to watch out team on this special day of basketball.
Replacement Player Rule
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski broke news of a new rule to help NBA teams. With the recent COVID cases, the NBA needed to do something.
NBA teams can sign one additional player for each rostered player who has COVID-19. In years past, players who sign a two-way contract can appear in 50 games. This new rule will allow those players to play an unlimited number of games. The new replacement player rule will last until January 19th. Could Milwaukee bring Sam Dekker home?