Crucial Road Trip Ahead For Miami Heat

By Vytis Lasaitis
Miami Heat Road Trip
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After dismantling the Charlotte Bobcats, the Miami Heat will now embark on a crucial four-game road trip, as they attempt to make history.

The upcoming four games will most likely determine whether Miami will indeed catch up to, or perhaps even surpass, the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest winning streak in NBA history.

Miami has been devouring their opponents for 26 straight games and next on the menu is Orlando Magic.

Arron Afflalo is out for the season with a hamstring injury, which leaves one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference without their leading scorer. Consequently, the Magic have little to no chance to resist the powerhouse of a team that Miami is.

Dwyane Wade’s status is still not updated, as he missed last night’s game against the Bobcats, but even without him the Heat should not have any trouble taking care of business against Orlando.

However, the road will get significantly tougher after tonight. In the course of five days, the NBA champions will take on Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets and San Antonio Spurs. While the Bulls and Spurs will be very tough to beat on their home floor, the Hornets are not to be underestimated, as they have been playing very well as of late.

The Heat have already locked up the number one overall seed in the East. Other than surpassing the spectacular 33-game winning streak record set by the Lakers, there is very little for Miami to play for in the remainder of this regular season.

The schedule following this road trip is rather easy, which makes this four-game stretch that much more important.

Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis

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