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Golden State Warriors head coach Don Nelson, left, restrains Stephen Jackson, after Jackson had been whistled for a technical foul during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Wednesday, December 10, 2008, The Warriors defeated the Bucks, 119-96. (D. Ross Cameron/Oakland Tribune/MCT) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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MILWAUKEE Some NBA teams are opening their abbreviated 66-game seasons on Christmas Day, but the Milwaukee Bucks will get started on their schedule the next day, Dec. 26, in Charlotte. New Bucks shooting guard Stephen Jackson, traded to Milwaukee in a three-way deal on draft night, will get a chance to face his old team in his old building on the first night of the Bucks season, and the team will then return to Milwaukee for its home opener on Dec. 27 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Milwaukee will play three games a Dec. 30 home game against the Washington Wizards is next before the calendar switches to the new year, and when it does, the Bucks will play a season-high five straight games on the road, all against Western Conference teams. Other schedule highlights include: --A Jan. 13 road game against the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. The abbreviated schedule allows for only one game against the Mavs instead of the usual two. --Three games against the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat. The Bucks will visit Miami on Jan 22 and host the Heat Feb. 1 and 13. --One back-to-back set of games, which arent included in a normal 82-game full-season schedule. The Bucks will host Boston on March 22, visit Charlotte on March 23 and host the Pacers on March 24. --A season-ending game at Boston on April 26. The NBA season usually ends in mid-April but was extended to accommodate the post-lockout schedule. Visit Bucks.com for a full schedule.
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