By Will Yoder
November 30, 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.

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