Last night, the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 23 games after defeating the Boston Celtics 103-101. This streak now stands alone as the second-longest streak in NBA history, and is 10 games away from tying the all-time record of 33 games. However, the Heat will have a tough task getting to that record with some of the opponents they have to face later this month.
Miami has seven games left in the month of March and most likely will not end the month with this winning streak intact. There is a four-game road trip at the end of the month, which is where the streak will end.
There are two games in particular that stick out. The first one is against the Chicago Bulls. With all this attention put on the Heat and their streak, there is already added attention to all of their games, and every opponent is pumped up even more then they already would have been since they all want to end the streak.
The Bulls are a tenacious team, and a team that irritates their opponents. However, what gives them the best chance to end the Heat’s streak is their low post game.
Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah provide an inside presence that will be hard for the Heat to stop. Noah is having a breakout year this season, averaging 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists a game. Miami has Chris Bosh to guard Noah, but that still leaves a mismatch with Boozer.
Chicago is also one of the few teams that has a player that can match up with Lebron James well. Luol Deng has the length to defend James on the perimeter and with the excellent team defense the Bulls play, it will be hard for Lebron to get into the lane with ease like he normally does.
The Bulls may have a hard time getting good looks at the perimeter considering the Heat play extraordinary defense on the outside, but if they can establish a low post game and stop Miami from scoring on transition, they should be able to end the Heat’s winning streak.
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