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Report: Warriors to host Cavaliers on Christmas

2015 NBA Finals - Game Five

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 14: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles the ball against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the 2015 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on June 14, 2015 in Oakland, California. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Andrew D. Bernstein

LeBron James complained the defending NBA champions had to play a road game on Christmas.

The league listened, altering its policy to guarantee the reigning champs a Christmas home game.

Now, LeBron will feel the downside of that change in the first NBA Finals rematch on Christmas since Heat-Thunder in 2012.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are tentatively scheduled to visit Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, according to league sources.

This is the second known Christmas game on the NBA’s tentative schedule, joining Heat-Pelicans.

Warriors-Cavaliers will obviously be the featured attraction. These two teams just played a highly entertaining NBA Finals, and that was with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sidelined. If everyone is healthy, the star power in Oakland on Dec. 25 should be through the roof.

This is exactly the type of basketball the NBA should promote on its marquee regular-season date.