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Last year, during the Lakers Christmas game, the Lakers were routed by Cleveland, thanks to the talents of LeBron. This years game is a grudge match against LeBron as well as an opportunity to show that the last several losses for the Lakers were flukes and not indicative of the overall strength of the team. All of the fans hope that this year the Lakers will be playing in the NBA finals this July. Additionally, after as he was ejected from the end of the last, disappointing game, I know that Kobe Bryant will be ready to fight — and win — on the holiday. I believe he will be the Grinch that steals the Heats thunder and breaks its streak of victories.

Christmas is not just about presents — it is also about having memorable experiences. Having the experience of seeing my team win with other loyal fans would make this the most special Christmas I have ever experienced, the most memorable in my life since I was young and still believed in Santa Claus.

Of course, even cheering on the best of teams still requires a great deal of faith and belief, and I have that faith regarding my teams ability to triumph on Christmas Day.

The Lakers are a truly great team, matched against another truly great team. A meeting of equals is what makes great sports rivalries. I know if I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see Lakers this year, I will never forget the experience, and will be truly grateful to see them live and in person. Win or lose, my heart bleeds purple and gold, although I believe deep down in my soul that they will triumph..

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