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Heat-Lakers likely Christmas matchup

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The Miami Heat NBA title defense begins against the Chicago Bulls, and includes a Christmas trip to face the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to multiple reports, the Heat are headed to Staples Center for their fifth consecutive Christmas Day game.

The opener against the Chicago Bulls, who lost 4-1 in the Eastern Conference second round series against Miami, should be the return to the court for former MVP Derrick Rose. Rose sat out all of last season recovering from a knee injury suffered in the 2012 postseason.

It's not a guarantee the Christmas game will pit LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, who is recovering from a torn Achilles.
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