Miami is just six games away from tying the record of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who set the record at 33 consecutive wins. Four of the Heat’s next seven opponents have a losing record, so if everything goes according to plan (the Heat have beaten every team in the NBA at least once this season), the record will be broken.
The New York Knicks have a different plan in mind.
The game against the Knicks would potentially be Miami’s 31st win, but Carmelo Anthony’s team has played well against James & Co. all three times they have squared off this season. New York won the first two games, each by 20 points, but dropped a close one by a score of 99-93 in the third meeting.
After taking on the Knicks, the Heat will take on the Charlotte Bobcats (16-54,), Philadelphia 76ers (27-43), and Milwaukee Bucks (34-35) as they close in on history. So, essentially, New York is the last realistic hope to breaking the streak.
Will Anthony be able to lead his wounded team past the Heat? I’m not so sure- the way that Miami has been playing and the way that the Knicks have been playing are nearly polar opposites.
Although New York is riding a four game winning streak, they are 4-4 over their last eight games. Having the oldest team in NBA history, as well as injuries to key players like Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, is illustrating exactly what many feared with this team: they would seem like contenders at the beginning of the year, which they did at 18-6, but tail off towards the end of the season (24-20 since the hot start).
Look for Miami to continue to roll past every team in their path, including the Knicks. No team in the world will be able to give the Heat a run for their money at this point.
While some are pondering when the Heat will lose, I think a better question is whether they will ever lose again?