Let’s face it, the Miami Heat are not going to lose between now and Easter Sunday. They absolutely demolished the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night for their 26th straight win and there is no real threat left on their schedule until they travel to Texas to face the San Antonio Spurs on the day most people celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Miami will be going for its 30th straight win that day while San Antonio will be looking to stop the Heat’s streak and make its move in the race for the NBA‘s best record. The game won’t disappoint.
San Antonio’s loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday exposed a problem the Spurs face in 2013 that wasn’t an issue in past years: they couldn’t stop superstar James Harden, who hit the game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds left. The even bigger problem for the Spurs is the Heat have a greater superstar in LeBron James and Miami has a much better supporting cast with the likes of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Don’t get caught up in all the hype, though; San Antonio will be ready to play.
If both teams win every contest this week, San Antonio will be 55-17 while Miami will be 59-14 heading into the showdown. Of course, that’s no guarantee as the Spurs have to face a Denver Nuggets team that’s on a streak of its own before hosting the hungry Los Angeles Clippers. But for argument’s sake, we’ll assume neither the Spurs nor Heat lose before Easter.
If the Spurs were to win, they would be four games behind the Heat with only 10 games to play. Put simply, San Antonio’s schedule is brutal for the final two weeks of the regular season while Miami’s is relatively light. So if the Spurs don’t win this game, they can kiss home court advantage goodbye and so can the rest of the Western Conference in regards to the 2013 NBA Finals because if Miami gets past San Antonio, the Heat won’t lose again.