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Ticket prices increasing for Lakers-Heat Christmas Day game

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Instead of feasting on turkey, drinking egg nog and watching holiday classics such as "A Christmas Story" or "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" for the millionth time, it appears more and more Lakers fans will spend their Christmas Day at Staples Center.

Tickets for the Lakers-Heat Christmas Day game are averaging $549 each, a 281% increase from the Lakers other regular-season games, according to SeatGeek.com, a website that forecasts the prices of sports and concert tickets on the secondary market.

"The biggest reason is the Heat," said SeatGeek.com spokesman Ben Kessler, who said the presence of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh has spurred a 20% to 70% increase in ticket prices for Miami road games. "When the Heat comes to town, they're substantially higher."

The Lakers' average ticket price outside the Christmas Day matchup is listed at $144, a league best (the New York Knicks at second at $134). Meanwhile, Miami's game with the Lakers was fetching $507 when the Heat started with an 8-6 mark, but the price went up $42 after the Heat went on a 12-game winning streak. Although the Lakers' average road ticket price ($110) bodes less than the Heat's road draw ($178), Kessler said that in no way diminishes the Lakers' league popularity. It instead speaks more to fans' want to see how the newly constructed Heat look.

"Historically, the Lakers are the top team in the secondary market," Kessler said. "... This year it's the same. The Lakers have cemented themselves in the league."

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Chart: SeatGeek.com

 
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I see what you mean MVP888...I would sell my ticket too...for playoff games...

Mamba24 forecasting a 15 pt victory on Sat...you go boy...I'm behind you all the way...

JUSTA HATER - I'm just hoping for a great game with no injuries for both teams...It is a statement game...and it's not we don't care if win or lose...it's if we lose, we don't get down and just move on...just like last year...no one freaks out and beats their women and kicks their dog...just cuz we lost on XMas day...lol

Lews- If the Heat lose that game...it would be the shot heard around the WORLD in Miami. Everybodies HYPED UP, it may not be another day.

How did Caracter get a pass on singing? That rookie needed to be there!


LEWWWWWWWWWWWWW, congrats on the RCOTD. Now go to your fantasy league and respond to my trade proposal. I think it will work for the both of us, but let me know.

LET'S GO LAKERS!

So much riding on a mid-season game down in South Beach. You guys aren't used to winning, aren't you? Surely you must have more dignity than this...y'all actually HAVE A CHAMPIONSHIP!


SMH...

someone said that the lakers are not taking the meat game seriously? even if they wanted to they couldn't do that .what with all the national, international interest, this is after all, the x-mas present the nba has for the world!! no, tonites game is an opportunity fo the lakers to just go about their business, get ready for sat's game then get ready for THEIR NEXT GAME. Sat. is AN important game, it is just not THE important game which won't be played until next june some time.

I see what you mean MVP888...I would sell my ticket too...for playoff games...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | December 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM
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If you're a season ticket holder, you are automatically offered playoff tickets at your seat for face value, so it's a no brainer to sacrifice a few choice regular season games and get the playoffs basically for free. If the Lakers weren't a championship caliber team, my buddy and I wouldn't take that approach.

Will Miami host a parade should y'all win on Christmas Day?

Posted by: utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER | December 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM
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No, but Cleveland will if the Lakers win!

If you want it bad, you get it bad.

Look at Phil Jackson's record on Christmas Day games...

Will Miami host a parade should y'all win on Christmas Day?

Posted by: utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER | December 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM
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No, but Cleveland will if the Lakers win!

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | December 21, 2010 at 01:09 PM

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OMG LMAO

Our record for winning Championships after a Christmas Day loss is pretty good and that's what counts my friends!

Singing Lakers is VERY funny!

BLOG CRUE
Taking you back to the old school and guess who's in it? Our man Ron Artest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B10qzaH5eQk

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Pau in the outtakes "oh what fun it is to run in an open..." "oh what fun it is to ride in an open horse one sleigh HEY!!"

Why am I picturing pompoms in his hands when he does that?

Purple n gold pompoms of course.

Expect a Lakers loss on Christmas day. History supports this contention.


Kobe's ESPN promo speaks to the relative insignificance of the Xmas showdown, but, hype aside, the Heat are arguably the best team we faced so far. It will be a test followed by a test. The new guys will get a handle on how the ring wearin' vets step up their game to meet a worthy opponent.

This one may have little baring on June, but it says a whole lot about where this team is now.

Our record for winning Championships after a Christmas Day loss is pretty good and that's what counts my friends! Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | December 21, 2010 at 01:27 PM
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PREACH DJ, PREACH!!!!!


Our record for winning Championships after a Christmas Day loss is pretty good and that's what counts my friends!

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | December 21, 2010 at 01:27 PM

Well then, let's break some records.

Our record for winning Championships after a Christmas Day loss is pretty good and that's what counts my friends! Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | December 21, 2010 at 01:27 PM
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Well then, let's break some records. Posted by: Magia32 | December 21, 2010 at 02:10 PM
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Count me in!!!!

Blog catch up....

@Justa – Aqualung – one of my favs by the Tull.

@VMan – You’re right, this could be the Lakers toughest battle to get out of the rest since 02.

@mclyne – loving that Fool in the Rain :-)

@Allnet – I marveled at Sasha’s stat line the other day because he had zero fouls. It seemed like he always got a foul in his first 30 seconds with the Lakers....haha. All the best to Sasha and Jordan.

@Lance from da Bronx – Kobe = the Pele of basketball? That is high praise and as big as fan as Kobe is of soccer I’m sure he’d be flattered.

Thought this was hilarious:
http://www.niubball.com/2010/12/surprise-francis-plays-17-seconds-in-beijing-debut/

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Someone better tell Barnes that if he doesn't like what some twits write him, he's better off closing his Twitter account than responding in a negative fashion. Maybe Ron Ron should be the one since he has really cleaned up his Twitter act since coming to L.A.

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888: That sounds like a good book you're reading, Laker Girls. I've gotta confess to not be much of a reader since the Internets has gotten going in the early '90s. Heck, I still haven't made it past the first 100 pgs of 'Winning Time' that I started earlier this year, lol. The other day you mentioned the book by FreeDarko.com, forgot to mention it at that time - love that web-site. I imagine the book is equal parts witty and informative wrapped in humor, like the site is.

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LEWSTRS: Don't feel too bad about the fantasy-league injuries, Brandon just checked his fantasy team and tells me the Wookies are down four players: Brandon Roy, Brandon Jennings, Chauncey Billups and Marcus Camby.

I guess that might explain his 19-43 record, lol...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

This Christmas game against the Heat is "all-hype" kind of game, but the next game against the Spurs at SA is more important game for the Lakers just because it's two game swing in the Western Conference standing.

@MM – I enjoyed the video of the Lakers singing “Jingle Bells”. It looked like Fish, Ron Ron and Pau had a lot of fun. And its safe to say Devin Ebanks doesn’t get out caroling much. Pau’s outtake was priceless.

@hobbit – Holy Cow Batman…lol. Of course it matters.

@Lew – congrats on RCOTD.

@63 Footer – dropping a little Dancehall flava. You never cease to amaze.

@Amit – I think Phil was just having a little fun with Kobe. I don’t think it was anything mean spirited by it.

@MVP – Thanks for the insight on Jeannie’s book. Also I thought your explanation of what you mean by the practice season was very good.

@UTZ... Very nicely said, Chris. Loved the part about our Lakers family. Amen! Game Day Roll Call – check. Game Day Prayer – check. Best blog – check. Another Lakers victory – check.
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@LEWSTERS... Congrats on the Friedman. You’ve brought class and intelligence to this blog along with a number of great contributors. I smile in anticipation every time that I see another LEWSTERS post. Keep up with the smart comments and insights. Your one of our best.
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@CCX... Excellent comments about Chris Bosh. While he is a talented player, he is not really worthy of being considered to be an equal component of the Big Three as LeBron and Wade. And honestly, I doubt there are any analysts with credibility who would consider him to be in the same class as Pau Gasol, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, or a host of other power forwards. The reality is that he is a soft finesse player whose stats were inflated because of the team and system he played in at Toronto. IMO, he will get much of the blame when the Heat are unable to deal with the bigger and tougher front lines of teams like the Celtics and Lakers. He is a jump shooter with a poor low post offensive game, mediocre passing ability, and soft defense.
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TOM

@Cyber - thanks for posting the Stevie Franchise article. I saw that Randolph Morris dropped 40pts in that game. I guess that tells me all I need to know on the level of comp in that league.

"Our record for winning Championships after a Christmas Day loss is pretty good and that's what counts my friends!

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | December 21, 2010 at 01:27 PM "

I just saw something on this recently profiling Christmas games since the 1st 3peat:

2000 - Lost on Christmas, Won championship
2002 - Lost on Christmas, no championship
2003 - Lost on Christmas, no championship
2004 - Lost on Christmas, no championship
2005 - Lost on Christmas, no championship
2006 - Lost on Christmas, no championship
2009 - Lost on Christmas, Won championship

On the other hand:
1999 - Won on Christmas, Won championship
2001 - Won on Christmas, Won championship
2007 - Won on Christmas, no championship
2008 - Won on Christmas, Won championship

All meaningless of course, but 3-1 when they win on Christmas and 2-5 when they lose. I had thought those records were the other way around.

I saw that Randolph Morris dropped 40pts in that game. I guess that tells me all I need to know on the level of comp in that league.Posted by: LRob | December 21, 2010 at 02:29 PM
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HEY!!! Don't play Randolph Morris short...LMAO!!!! SWEET JESUS!! Randolph Freakin Morris!!!!!!!!~!

this x-mas game means more to the staff, ownership, fans & the heat than it does to the champs and that's just the way it is. of course it's a game that they would like to win just like any other but as kobe admitted earlier, at times the team does go into "complacency" mode.

that being said, i don't think they'll be there mentally - complacent - but physically, they might be a little sluggish. after all, they're at home and a lot of the players have their families, serious relationships and friends to hang out with for the holidays so they might not be as well rested and physically prepared as they should be. the opposite is true for the visiting team which is why the heat may pull out the win. they have so much more to prove and they're away from any distractions at home.

for the lakers to beat the bucks tonight - should be "winnable" w/o jennnings - heat, spurs & hornets this week and next would be a feather in the cap and would put the league on notice that the team is focused and capable of beating some teams with winning records. only time will tell and it all begins with tonight's "tune-up" game vs Mil. lets just hope it's not L.A. that gets "tuned-up!"

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST! MITCH- OUR EOY

All meaningless of course...

Posted by: Bay to LA | December 21, 2010 at 02:32 PM
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Bay to LA. Thanks for setting the record straight for everyone and for researching this. Your statement above says it all!

LakerTom: "I doubt there are any analysts with credibility who would consider him to be in the same class as Pau Gasol, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, or a host of other power forwards. The reality is that he is a soft finesse player whose stats were inflated because of the team and system he played in at Toronto. IMO, he will get much of the blame when the Heat are unable to deal with the bigger and tougher front lines of teams like the Celtics and Lakers. He is a jump shooter with a poor low post offensive game, mediocre passing ability, and soft defense."

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Very well said, I wholeheartedly agree - especially with your last line. Bosh is a poor-man's KG, his game is so soft it makes Pau look like Charles Oakley.

Bosh is an all-star caliber player - nothing more, with a role-player demeanor. He put up some good numbers, much like princess jimmy did, as being the best player on their team respective teams which were formed around them. Bosh can't lead a cat out of a paper bag, let alone a team through the playoffs (much like her majesty). He settles for those outside shots when he meets even the merest of defensive pressure. He racks up a lot of rebounds simply by being long, and adds little more on the defensive end.

Couple him with a dominant center and his value would be enhanced, but the meat have no post-presence to speak of. They can get by on those teams lacking quality bigs (most leastern conference teams) but fold like a house of cards against the tougher teams.

As usual, we seem to be on the same wavelength =)

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LEWSTRS: a belated congrats on the Justa/Friedman award my man!


Ran across an interesting article, will post after this...

http://www.torontosun.com/blogs/courtside/2010/12/19/16609991.html

When the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers come to town, everything is a little bit different at the Air Canada Centre.

The crowd is louder and more into the proceedings. There are way more fans of the opponent than usual and every movement by Kobe Bryant is watched in awe by the purple and gold dotted crowd.

There is no hockey equivalent to a Lakers game at the ACC. Even Sidney Crosby doesn’t provoke this kind of a buzz.

The Lakers carry themselves different than other teams Down early, they don’t care, they know there’s a lot of time to go. While other coaches call timeouts like crazy, Phil Jackson calmly sits and waits, calling time only on rare occasions.

The Lakers are bigger and stronger than almost all opponents and have Bryant, the closest thing we have seen to Michael Jordan, to bail them out when things look bleak. Against the Raptors on Sunday, the points in the paint were 32-16 for Los Angeles at the half.

L.A. has the ultimate luxury. Let Bryant carve opponents, or let the NBA’s biggest group of forward/centres, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum or Ron Artest go to work.

Bynum and Gasol are bigger and quicker than most centres, Artest, along with Lebron James, is the biggest small forward around and Odom has height, athleticism and speed going for him.

If there is one annoying thing about the Lakers and the NBA in general, it is the fact that the team almost always gets the benefit of the doubt from officials. Even benchwarmers like Luke Walton get more leeway on bang-bang plays than do players on other teams. That’s why a charging call on Bryant late in the first half was met by gasps from those on hand. Usually the call would have went the other way.

With Bynum back in the lineup, the champs are back to full-strength and look as scary as ever. The Raptors won’t see them again until next season.

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Interesting observations for what is traditionally a 'hockey-town'...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

LRob: "I saw that Randolph Morris dropped 40pts in that game. I guess that tells me all I need to know on the level of comp in that league."

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ROFL! I wonder what VladRad or Adam Morrison would do there? Probably be league MVP! lol...

However, like mamba says, it IS Randolph freakin' Morris after all! LOL =P


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

"Bay to LA. Thanks for setting the record straight for everyone and for researching this. Your statement above says it all!

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | December 21, 2010 at 02:42 PM "

Not a problem. Just thought it was interesting and somewhat surprising when I saw it. To clarify, I do think the game is meaningful on a micro level and will be highly indicative of how well Miami and LA match up against each other but I don't think there is any correlation between winning or losing on Christmas and winning or losing a championship.

To clarify, I do think the game is meaningful on a micro level and will be highly indicative of how well Miami and LA match up against each other ...

Posted by: Bay to LA | December 21, 2010 at 02:55 PM
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I think it's got some meaning from a coaching standpoint, but that's it.

The Magic beat us twice in the 2008-09 season but that was not indicative of playoff basketball. On the flip side, the Celtics creamed us twice in 2007-08, thus exposing their match up superiority and that was telling. Sometimes match ups are telling; other times they aren't.

In this case, the match ups to watch are the obvious ones .. on the wings. However, Kobe has not played much on the ball defense this year because of his limitations with his knee which is still getting stronger, so how he defends Wade or LeBron on Saturday may not be indicative of what he'll do if they meet in the Finals. Also, it will be interesting to see if Artest gives it his all. The MOST interesting thing will be to see how the team styles match up. The last thing the Lakers want to do is jack up a lot of threes because then there will be long rebounds leading to transition points, which is the Heat's game. The only way I see that happening is if the Heat successfully deny Gasol, Kobe or Drew the ball in the low post and force us to take too many perimeter shots. As always, the Lakers need to run their offense and use up clock and not turn this into a track meet. They also need to force Wade and LeBron into uncomfortable spots on the floor and make them beat us with jumpers. That is also not an especially enlightening analysis. I look for a low scoring game.

Regardless, this isn't the playoffs whether or not the fans want it to be.

ay u need to find out..real soon. but ur still just two away from the lead. i just looked at the rankings. n look at this thing that the boss showed me. he said its new http://sportscomplainer.com/nba everything there is one spot. so finding all the info u need is faster. he uses it, so ive been using it since he told me. n also ill check the rankings tom to c where ur at and ill tty then..


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