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Report: Heat not scheduled to play on Christmas for first time since 2008

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MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 25: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at American Airlines Arena on December 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

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Lose LeBron James? The Heat were still a big deal.

Lose Dwyane Wade, too? Miami is getting a little less attention.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

According to the preliminary 2016-17 NBA schedule being circulated among teams and broadcast partners, one that still is subject to change before the final release next week, the Heat will have Dec. 25 off

This would be the Heat’s first Christmas without a game since 2008. That was the NBA’s second-longest streak of Christmas games behind the Lakers, who’ve played every Dec. 25 since 1999.

Could that run also end? The Lakers have been awful the last couple years, and they project to be bad – though less bad – again this year.

Of course, Los Angeles is a far bigger market than Miami. The Lakers will get much more margin for error.