Draymond Green, Ja Morant and many NBA fans may have gotten an early Christmas present in August.
According to Marc Stein, the Memphis Grizzlies are expected to travel to Golden State for this upcoming season Christmas. This would be the first Christmas game in Grizzlies franchise history. The full NBA schedule is expected to come within the next week.
The Warriors and Grizzlies have ended each other's seasons in the past two years. The Grizzlies eliminated the Warriors in a play-in game in 2021, but the Warriors returned the favor in the second of the 2022 Western Conference Semifinals.
On top of the on-the-court battles, there's been a healthy dose of trash talk exchanged between the two franchises. Jaren Jackson Jr. tweeted out "strength in numbers" after a March win against Golden State. The tweet didn't go viral until after the Warriors won the NBA title and shooting guard Klay Thompson referenced the tweet.
Thompson's comments led to another exchange between Green and Morant, when Morant suggested that the Warriors should come to Memphis for Christmas Day. Green responded in his next tweet by reminding Morant that champions usually play at home on Christmas.
The champs play at home Young! Christmas Day… LJ 🙏🏿🙏🏿 https://t.co/n5ji0xpu0j
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) June 19, 2022
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The Warriors and Grizzlies will be one of the most-anticipated games on Christmas. Stein also reported that the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks will meet on Christmas.
This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Memphis Grizzlies playing Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day