If nothing else, the NBA knows how to capitalize on drama.
Per the Miami Herald:
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.
ABC wants Heat-Cavaliers that day and the NBA is sensitive to ABC’s wishes. James returned to the Cavaliers this offseason after spending four seasons with the Heat.
This would be the Heat’s sixth consecutive Christmas game, but just the second at home during that stretch. Last Christmas, the Heat beats the Lakers 101-95 in Staples Center.