While the NBA schedule for the 2014-15 season doesn’t officially come out until Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. EDT in an NBA TV special, the marquee matchup of the five Christmas Day games is James and Company going to South Beach to face Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh along with the rest of the Miami Heat.
The NBA has a knack of putting matchups that evoke a lot of emotion on Christmas day, since it is the first day the NBA gets the national spotlight all to itself.
And this Cleveland-Miami game will definitely evoke emotion and therefore likely be one of the top-TV rated games all years since drama sells. The game likely would be played at either 2:30 or 5 p.m.
The Christmas game won't be James' first meeting against his latest old team as the Cavs and Heat are scheduled to play an exhibition game in Brazil on Oct .12.
Here is a look at the other four games – according to their matchup ranking -- on the Christmas docket.
- Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers.
In a rematch of Christmas Day last year, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers will get together on the holiday. The Warriors and Clippers don’t like each other that much, which is always fun. The Warriors won last year’s matchup at the Oracle by two as Stephen Curry went off down the stretch. Blake Griffin and Draymond Green were given the heev-ho.
The Clippers eliminated the Warriors in seven games in the first round of the playoff this past spring.
- Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
Defending champion San Antonio Spurs will host the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team that could pose the greatest obstacle, to the Spurs repeating.The Thunder swept the Spurs (4-0) during the regular season last year but fell to San Antonio in six games during the playoffs.
Oklahoma City is 3-1 on Christmas day.
- Washington Wizards at New York Knicks
Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden, now that is tradition. New York will likely struggle this year but it will be interesting to see how Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher work to assemble the squad they want next year. Washington is projected to be up-and-coming team in the Eastern Conference and deserves to be showcased on national television. The Wizards , featuring the dynamic guard duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal , advanced to the second round of the playoffs last year and have added Paul Pierce this summer.
- Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago Bulls
ESPN Los Angeles Dave McMenamin reported on Aug. 13, that the Los Angeles Lakes will be playing on Christmas day for the 16th straight season. While the Lakers are not expected to be competitive this season, the matchup versus Chicago will allow Carlos Boozer (who was amnestied by the Bulls earlier this summer) and Pau Gasol (who decided not to re-sign with the Lakers) to go mono-e-mono.