- Nets coach Avery Johnson said Kris Humphries (mild abdominal strain) would not dress and also not make the trip to Milwaukee for Wednesday’s game. He will be re-evaluated when the Nets return from Milwaukee. Gerald Wallace will remain in the starting lineup at the power forward position, with Keith Bogans, who scored a season-high 13 points on Sunday against the 76ers, at small forward.
- Jerry Stackhouse, owner of the longest active streak of years in the NBA without playing on Christmas day (17), held court with reporters before the game. “That’s why I had to hang around so long,” Stackhouse joked.
- Celtics coach Doc Rivers touched on a variety of subjects before the game, from tipping off last season with a Christmas Day game against the Knicks, to the Celtics only having played one Christmas Day game in Boston to the scrimmage that Jarvis Varnado participated in, leading the Celtics to sign him. “I think it’s completely disrespectful to Boston,” Rivers said of the Celtics’ 27 road Christmas games compared to only one home game. Rivers began to imply that he was kidding but continued: “I mean, we won a world championship and played in L.A. the following year. So I think that we should have a new rule – that you guys came up with, not me; I need my money – that the team that wins the world championship, part of the package is that they get to play at home on Christmas.”
– Jake Appleman