The NBA will be releasing the complete schedule for its upcoming season on Wednesday, but one of the prime Christmas day games has already been leaked to the public, and that is LeBron James‘ first return to Miami. The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to play against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena, and it figures to be one the highest-viewed Christmas-day games in league history. Both teams figure to be near the top of the conference at this point in the season as well, so the matchup will also have standing implications.
There is no question that the Cavaliers will have exponentially more hype surrounding them this season, and this game figures to showcase exactly why LeBron chose to leave Miami and return to Cleveland after such a short stint. Miami has lost considerable hype recently (due to losing the best player in the league), so they figure to be heavy underdogs going into this matchup, something the franchise hasn’t felt in over four years. To make matters worse, two other former Heat players will be making their first return to Miami in Cavs uniforms, and that will be Mike Miller and James Jones. You figure that Ray Allen will also join this group, thrusting the hype for this game up into the stratosphere.
Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Heat roster will have their hands full playing against LeBron on Christmas. Superstar players typically shine when the lights are on them the brightest, and it won’t be any different with LeBron making his first return to Miami. Luckily for the Heat, they have home-court advantage, which could play a big role down the stretch of a tight game, assuming they manage to keep it competitive against the Cavs. Either way, it will be one of the most exciting games of the regular season. Hyped for all the right reasons.