The Downbeat #922 -- The Merry Christmas Edition

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My Lo has a family that loves him, so he's busy. I don't, so I'm filling in for him. Don't worry, he'll be back next week. And no, this is not late. Shut up.

First of all, on behalf of all of us here -- Merry Christmas. I know half the day is already over, but I have been busy with work myself all this month so half the day's greetings! For those who do not celebrate this event, then I also wish you very Happy Holidays. We don't really touch upon religion or politics here at The Dunk -- this is supposed to be a refuge from those things. After all, it's a Sports Blog. But this is a very important time for so many of our readers that I wanted to at least address one of the biggest parts of the calendar year for a huge percentage of the world that we share. I know it first hand because I've celebrated Christmas in four different countries all over the world, and not all of them were overtly "Christian" countries either. It's a fun time for all, and I hope everyone is having a peaceful time of self reflection and joyful family time.

Merry Christmas to you all.

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The Jazz team are clearly in the Christmas spirit. Here's a collection of some of their tweets and instagrams . . .

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And of course:

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Which led to our founder Basketball John tweeting this reply:

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It's Christmas, so here's the least amount of stats ever: The Utah Jazz are 4-2 when playing on Christmas day. We beat the Houston Rockets 101-99 back in 1975, lost to the San Antonio Spurs 115-105 back in 1977, beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111 back in 1979, lost to the Phoenix Suns 111-101 back in 1982, beat the Showtime era Los Angeles Lakers 101-87 back in 1988, and the dastardly Houston Rockets 107-103 back in 1997. I also vividly remember beating the Chicago Bulls as one of my favorite Christmas memories, but that may be because beating them felt like Christmas. Looking it up I think I'm thinking of the Jazz / Bulls game in early January back during our finals years.

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This . . . . wow.

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Aaaaannndd . . . because later on tonight I'm dropping a big Christmas post . . . if you could give one gift to the Jazz (owner, front office, coaches, players, training staff, events staff, Bear, fans, bloggers, beat writers, etc), what would it be?

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