Two punchdrunk teams try to find their footing

Originally Published: November 26, 2004
By Peter May | Special to ESPN.com

There are, Shaquille O'Neal says, two kinds of people in the world, and they will have their own basketball choices on Christmas Day.

"There's people who want to see two ex-partners going at it in a good solid game," he said, referring to his matchup against his former team and Kobe Bryant.

"And there are the UFC, 'I Want To See Another Fight,' crowd," he said, referring to the Detroit-Indiana game which precedes the Miami-Los Angeles matchup.

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