The Miami Heat have been on a roll, utilizing the six game home-stand to perfection and going on what is currently the longest standing winning streak in the league, with seven straight victories.
LeBron James’ own personal streak of 30+ points on 60%+ field goal percentage came to an end against the Oklahoma City Thunder, in which James decided to take a deep three at the end of the game, which led to a 58.3% personal field goal percentage on the night.
Miami would probably have preferred for the All-Star break to fall on a different date, as we will find out today whether a weekend full of NBA festivities has knocked the Heat out of rhythm. The team has not been on the road for almost two and a half weeks, but tonight Miami will begin a three-game road trip.
It will not be easy to finish the road trip with a perfect record for numerous reasons. First of all, the Heat will be playing three games in four days. First up we have the Atlanta Hawks, who are in the middle of a chaotic trade rumor frenzy. Following tonight’s game, Miami will travel to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls, who are very beatable on their home floor this season, on the end of a back-to-back. The last game of the road trip will put the injury-plagued Philadelphia 76ers, who have been rather solid on their home floor this season, in front of the Heat.
It will not be easy to sweep the road trip, but if the Heat do, we could very well see the NBA champions going on a 12+ game winning streak, as the team will once again return to South Beach in order spend some quality time at home against average opposition.
Vytis is a columnist for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter for the latest Miami Heat and NBA news: @VytisLasaitis