The Cavaliers can be believed now when they say their Christmas rematch with the Golden State Warriors isn't much more than just another game.

Fun, yes. Exciting for fans, sure. A growing American tradition, apparently.

"I mean as years go on, we kind of just don't really give a (expletive) about it no more," Cavs reserve center Tristan Thompson told cleveland.com.

The Cavs and Warriors have played in three consecutive Finals and will meet Monday on Christmas for the third straight season, becoming the first teams to play each other three Christmases in a row since the Lakers and Heat did it from 2004-06.

At no point during that run of Los Angeles-Miami yuletide clashes was the Christmas game a repeat of the past summer's Finals, so that right there is reason to believe a Cavs-Warriors showdown on this day always carries a little more weight.