Miami have been destroying just about any team that has crossed the path of the reigning NBA champions in February, losing just one game last month. The Heat have won 12 straight games, and will look to start March the right way by building on the longest standing winning streak in the league.
If the Heat were to win tonight, the team would be just one victory away from tying the franchise record of 14 consecutive victories.
However, in their path to making history, the Heat will have to pass through the Grizzlies, who are the proud owners of the second-longest standing winning streak in the league.
After trading Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors, the Grizzlies struggled to fill the gap left by the small forward, losing three of their first four games following the trade. Those struggles are now a distant memory, as the team has tasted victory for eight consecutive games.
The successful run has helped Memphis to close in on the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference rankings, as the Grizzlies are only two games behind the third seed.
Miami has been excellent at home this season, holding a 25-3 record at the AAA. Head coach Erik Spoelstra has stressed time and again that, as long as he sees the team progress, he does not mind dropping a game here or there. Even so, you can count on the fact that the Heat want to make franchise history, especially when it is within reach and highly attainable.
Vytis covers the Miami Heat and NBA for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis