Basketball: NBA returns for Christmas

On Sunday the NBA basketball championship in North America, resumes with five games, including four matches gala to launch a shortened 2011-2012 season after more than five months off.

The lockout that has paralyzed the NBA ended Dec. 8, but nevertheless one victim: the calendar.

Instead of making one season to 82 games beginning in late October, thirty teams in the league will play 66 matches between December 25 and April 26, before moving to the playoffs that will begin April 28 to end in late June

Teams will adapt to this tight schedule that will increase the pace of meetings, already supported. The average will increase from 3.5 to 3.9 games per week. A rate which will not necessarily be prepared players who have not played any competition since the spring.

The fiscal year 2011-12 would therefore encourage clubs with little changes in their workforce, as the Dallas Mavericks.

Defending champion team of the German Dirk Nowitzki has kept the same frame as last year except for the start of the New York Knicks pivot Tyson Chandler and the arrival from the Los Angeles Lakers winger Lamar Odom.

The Miami Heat, beaten finalists face the Mavericks, should also be prepared. The trio LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh is still there and determined to erase the insult in the finals of 2011. LeBron James knows he is once again expected at the turn.

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