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Report: LeBron James, Cavaliers to face Heat on Christmas Day

Jul 30, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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The NBA will release its schedule for the 2014-15 season sometime next month, and there are few select dates that always grab some well-deserved additional attention.

Opening night is important, certainly, and we already have rumblings of one of the potential matchups — even though the defending champion Spurs going on the road to start the season in Cleveland would seem to go against the league’s recent trend of having the winners of the title receive their rings before anything else.

Christmas Day, however, is perhaps the most important day of the NBA schedule, because it’s the time when more casual fans of the sport truly begin to turn their attention to basketball. For that reason, the league always tries to put together a full slate of its most compelling matchups.

From Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

Barring an unexpected change of heart by the NBA, Christmas in Miami will feature LeBron James’ much-anticipated return to Miami in an opposing uniform.

Though the NBA’s schedule will not be finalized and released until mid-August, an unofficial internal schedule of select games has Cleveland playing the Heat in Miami on Christmas on ABC, according to a person familiar with the situation.

This was a completely obvious choice.

LeBron James facing his former teammates on the road, in the city he played in for the last four seasons — all of which resulted in trips to the NBA Finals — is something everyone wants to see. But technically, it won’t be the first time we’re treated to this particular matchup.

The NBA will play five preseason games in four countries as part of its Global Games schedule, and in a stroke of genius (or just unbelievable luck), Cleveland and Miami will play against one another on October 11 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It’s a preseason game that doesn’t mean anything in the standings, and of course, there’s no guarantee that either team will be at full strength for an exhibition contest. But it’s going to be intriguing nonetheless.

  1. bucrightoff - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Just make sure they aren’t wearing those horrific sleeved jerseys.

    • spthegr8 - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      LeBron complained abut the sleeved jerseys last yr so, the Cavs prob won’t be wearing them. He seems to get his way. It’s good to be the King!!

    • dinofrank60 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      Oh, no. The league says you love those jerseys; didn’t you get the memo?

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        “Commissioner Adam Silver told Bleacher Report he intends to revisit the [sleeved jersey] issue after the season. He plans to meet with LeBron James, one of the loudest critics of the jerseys.”

        “Ultimately, if the players don’t like them, we’ll move on to something else,” Silver told Bleacher Report.”

  2. rajbais - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I called it on the day the spurs/cavs premier game rumor was announced.

    This better be a high viewership game.

  3. thenmoveback - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Welcome home to your championship city Lebron! Gonna be Wades day that Xmas.

  4. 2016olympics - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Rio should punch that dude in the face.

    • progress2011 - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM


      1. The “PG” that is arguably the slowest PG in the league
      2. He can’t turn the corner on most PF’s
      3. NO handles to take anybody off the dribble
      4. Can’t get his own shot
      5. Was benched for much of the Finals
      6. Probably part of the reason LBJ left Miami because Pat wouldn’t upgrade the position…leaving him to do 80% of the ball handling.

      Uncle Drew is gonna have his LUNCH….LBJ might not take ANY shots and let Kyrie go off for 50!

  5. bostonian13 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    A Miami Heat home game televised on prime time? A Heat home game, the fans will leave by halftime after seeing Lebron. Lol.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      why not? head out to the BEACH on X-day, play with their new toys in the sunshine

      picnic, play tennis, golf, fish, go swimming

      or put on 4 layers of clothing and battle snow, ice and below freezing temps…

      heck, i wouldn’t even go to the arena in the first place.

      grab some beer, some steaks, burgers and brats plus the grill, have some friends over and be out on the deck or on the boat etc…

  6. canucks30 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    LeBron will drop 50 points on the Heat

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      what? so you’re saying he won’t play at all in the 2nd half then?

  7. jzone954 - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Should be a fun game. Maybe cavs fans will come down here for the game and say “hey this place is really nice, like REALLY NICE, why would Lebron wanna come back to ohio?” lol. Just joking guys

  8. watchfullhose - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Too bad no one will be there to watch it.

    • jzone954 - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      ^nonsense , the place will be packed, and you can tell who’s who when you see the tanned vs the pale people.

      • progress2011 - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        You mean people risking melanoma vs the sane people that are proud of their color and choose to live a more ultra-violet life…..ahahahah

  9. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    This Christmas day match ups should be
    Miami Heat @ Cleveland Cavaliers
    Oklahoma City Thunder @ Washington Wizards
    Portland Trailblazers @ Chicago Bulls
    Dallas Mavericks @ Houston Rockets
    That’s if there going to be four games I think that’s how it was last year.

    • blogsk3tball - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      Lakers v Rockets (Kobe v Dwight, Lin v Harden) or Lakers v Knicks would be awesome too!

    • divan22 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Clippers-Warriors should be a lock. Those teams are awesome to watch and legitimately hate each other.

  10. cantonbound13 - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    No better gift than watching the bandwagon clowns leave early yet again.

  11. profantasyplyr - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    So no Knicks on primetime? Weird…

    The Mecca…

  12. blogsk3tball - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Wonder if Wade will add to his list of Dirty Plays.

    “Hey LeBron, I got you a Knee Reconstruction for Christmas”

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      a nose job is coming too

  13. urodaddy07 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    This story’s title makes it seem like something actually known when in fact the schedule is not known

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