Celtics vs. Nets 2012 NBA Christmas Day: Preview and TV schedule

Jared Wickerham

The Nets and C's are vying for position in the Atlantic.

The Brooklyn Nets will try to give themselves a Christmas gift by beating the Boston Celtics -- again.

On Christmas day at noon, the Nets will look for their third win in three chances against the Celtics this season. Both wins came in November. The first game, on Nov. 15, the Nets beat a Rajon Rondo-less Celtics, 102-97. The second win, on Nov. 28, saw Rondo get ejected in a 95-83 win.

The Nets will be trying to get back on a roll Tuesday. After going 11-4 in November, the Nets are 2-8 in December.

Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson continue to drive the Nets' offense. Lopez is averaging a team-high 17.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Johnson is scoring 17 points per game, while Deron Williams is picking up 16.8 points and 8.2 assists per game.

Veteran Paul Pierce is Boston's leading scorer. He's averaging 21 points, six rebounds and four assists per game. Kevin Garnett is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 15.2 points per game, while Rondo is averaging 13.5 points and 12.2 assists per game.

The Nets currently sit second in the Atlantic Division, while the C's are in third.

Game time: Noon

TV: ESPN

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