When the final horn sounded Wednesday night, the Miami Heat not only knocked off the Washington Wizards; the team also set a franchise-record for wins in a season, clinched the top spot in the NBA playoffs and secured home-court through the NBA Finals.
The Florida Panthers are looking to extend their season-best winning streak to four.
The Miami Heat are in full cruise-control mode with just a handful of games left ahead of the playoffs. That’s why it’s not surprising that LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and others are not playing in the last few games.
For the second straight game, Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, along with point guard Mario Chalmers will not play. The announcement from the Heat came ahead of Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks.
While he never gets mentioned in the conversation for coach of the year, Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra has been named as the NBA’s Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for March.
Often the forgotten member of Miami’s “Big Three,” Chris Bosh stepped up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade sitting out to get the Heat a big win and move closer to securing home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs.
Now that the team’s 27-game winning streak is over, the Miami Heat are free to concentrate on the real goal of the season, the NBA championship. The Heat get back on the road to the title with a Friday night game against the New Orleans Hornets.
Unlike Will Ferrell’s character in the movie “Old School,” the Heat are no longer going streaking. The team posted its first loss since February 1 Wednesday night after reeling off 27 straight victories. The loss to the Chicago Bulls isn’t surprising, neither is the Heat’s reaction to the loss.
Another game, another double-digit rally for the Miami Heat.
LeBron James is heading back to Cleveland Wednesday night. But unlike the past trips, the focus won’t be completely on James, but rather the entire Heat team as they look for the team’s 24th consecutive victory.