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Report: Miami Heat will host Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day

The Cavs haven't played on Christmas since the 2009-2010 season, but it makes sense that they would make their return now.

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According to the Miami Herald, it looks as though the Miami Heat will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day. It would be the first time the Cavs have played on Christmas since they drubbed the Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2009. It would also likely be the first trip back to Miami for LeBron James.

From the Herald's report:

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. The game likely would be played at either 2:30 p.m. or 5 p.m, depending on what other game is selected for ABC that day. ABC wants Heat-Cavaliers on Christmas, and the NBA is sensitive to the network's wishes.

I, for one, have missed being able to watch the Cavs every Christmas. It had sort of become a holiday tradition for me. I'm glad it is going to probably continue for the foreseeable future.

The only potential downside here is that Miami fans are probably going to give LeBron a very warm reception, and then some idiots will say some nonsense about how much classier Heat fans are than Cleveland fans, which is obviously stupid and completely devoid of any context. Just ignore that.

Assuming this games does happen, LeBron won't be the only one playing against his former team. James Jones is now a Cav, Mike Miller (who hasn't played with the Heat since 2013) is a Cav, and Ray Allen might be a Cav. Luol Deng, who played in 40 games with the Cavs last season, is now in Miami.