Will Yoder
Wednesday November 30th, 2011

The NBA will open the season with five games on Christmas Day, the New York Times reports. The details of the schedule will be announced Friday.

Originally a tripleheader was scheduled for Christmas Day featuring the following three matchups: Celtics-Knicks, Heat-Mavericks and Lakers-Bulls.

No news was released on the teams now set to play in the opening five games of the season, but times were announced. The first game will begin at noon EST, followed by a 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. tip-offs. Despite the lockout being partially lifted, the league and players union are still working to finalize the new collective bargaining agreement and ratification is not anticipated for another week.

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