Memphis Grizzlies played on Christmas last season, but not in 2023.
The Athletic reported that Memphis was not selected to play on Christmas this season. The Grizzlies aren't one of the NBA's four opening-day clubs either.
The Western Conference Christmas teams are the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, and Denver Nuggets. Memphis played Golden State last Christmas for the first time.
The Grizzlies will miss standout point guard Ja Morant while he serves a 25-game NBA suspension.
Memphis played its 32nd game on Christmas last season, so Morant would have been healthy and available if the NBA picked Memphis.
Storylines dominate Christmas games. The Nuggets won the NBA championship last season, and the Lakers and Warriors are NBA powerhouses.
Three teams were obvious. Bradley Beal was the Suns' greatest offseason acquisition.
The Mavericks are the only club in that group that missed the playoffs last season, but Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are intriguing.