NEW YORK – You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. By now you’ve surely heard of Rudolph, the most famous reindeer of all.
But by sun up on Christmas morning, their job will be done and for the first time in 41 years, they will cede the spotlight to a different kind of deer.
The Milwaukee Bucks will tip-off a five-game slate of NBA games at 11 a.m. Tuesday, facing off against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The matchup, part of the premier regular-season date on the league’s calendar, marks the Bucks’ first Christmas Day game since 1977.
“It’s real special. We’re really excited about this game,” Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said after the team’s Monday morning practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. “The Bucks haven’t played in a long time in a Christmas game, so we’re happy that we’re back.
“Since I came to the NBA, I was always watching the Christmas games, always dreaming about playing in one. … It means a lot to us and hopefully we can put on a…