5 Teams That Could Stop Miami Heat From Breaking NBA Winning Record
Which Five Teams Can Stop Miami Heat From Making History?
Miami Heat are now past the Houston Rockets for the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. The NBA champions have grown to know nothing but the taste of triumph, having prevailed in each of their last 23 contests.
The Heat overcame their largest deficit of the season against the Boston Celtics on Monday. This has led many to embrace the notion that this Miami team could very well thump the seemingly untouchable NBA record of 33 straight wins, set by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1971-72 season.
However, the path to surpassing one of the most unbreakable records in sports history is still long. Between Miami and the all-time record stand 10 teams (Heat will play Charlotte Bobcats twice), who are more motivated than ever to put the champions back on planet earth.
It is important not to get ahead of ourselves, as Miami’s players and coaching staff stress the fact that they can only take one game at a time. Still, this does not prevent us from looking at the upcoming schedule and trying to figure out who will pose the biggest threat to halting Miami’s streak.
The Heat have been virtually unbeatable at home this season, but six of their upcoming 11 games will be on the road. Four of these games will be against playoff-bound teams, but you can never count out the less talented teams either.
So which five of Miami’s 11 upcoming games will most likely prove to be the most difficult? Continue reading to find out.
Vs Milwaukee Bucks – Apr. 9
If the Heat get to this game unbeaten, their streak will be tied with the Lakers at 33. If Miami does get that far, it is hard seeing any team stopping them from claiming the record, but the Milwaukee Bucks have played well against the Heat this season. At home, the Bucks handed the NBA champions a 19-points loss, but the Heat still lead the season series 2-1.
Vs Philadelphia 76ers – Apr. 6
The Philadelphia 76ers have not posed a huge threat to Miami this season, as the Heat lead the regular season series 3-0. However, in their last game, Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday pushed LeBron James and co. to the limit, as the Heat escaped with just a four-point win. This game will also be on the end of a back-to-back, as Miami will play the Charlotte Bobcats on the day before.
Vs New York Knicks – Apr. 2
The New York Knicks have beaten the Heat twice this year, doing so by a 20-point margin. The last time the two teams met also proved to be a very close contest. Despite this, the Knicks’ age is catching up with them as a lot of players are treating injuries. Miami is also practically unstoppable at home, and should be able to handle New York.
At Chicago Bulls – Mar. 27
The Chicago Bulls are always a tough matchup, especially when you play them at the United Center. Chicago has beaten Miami this season, but when the two teams met last, the Bulls were held to a season-low 67 points.
At San Antonio Spurs – Mar. 31
There is no doubt that the San Antonio Spurs will be Miami’s toughest task in the upcoming stretch of games. Tony Parker is returning to practice very soon, but even without him, the Spurs have gotten the job done. Miami and San Antonio are at the very top of their respective conferences and in their only meeting of the season, the Heat won by five points at home.