Christmas in Dallas: Heat vs. Mavs?


The NBA might have laid off more than 100 employees last week and might want to pretend that its players no longer exist during this lockout that is now into Week 3, but that won't stop the NBA from releasing the 2011-12 schedule on Tuesday.

A tidbit in the Miami Herald on Sunday says the 2011 world champion Dallas Mavericks will play host to the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat on Christmas Day. The Heat have spent the last two Christmas holidays on the road (at Los Angeles Lakers, 2010; at New York Knicks, 2009). Dallas last played on Dec. 25 in 2008 at the Portland Trail Blazers.

Sources also told ESPN.com that the Mavs will open the season at home -- and raise the championship banner -- on Nov. 1 vs. the Chicago Bulls.

Last season, the Mavs played their fewest number of national television games in terms of special-event days like the NBA's opening week, Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, etc., after three first-round exits in four seasons.

They can expect their holiday schedule to be a bit busier this season.

Assuming there is a season.