Blogtable: Will The Heat Win Out?




Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.


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Will the Heat win out? If not, who’ll trip ‘em up?

Steve Aschburner: If Chicago beats ‘em, bully for the Bulls. If New Orleans snaps the streak, hooray for the Hornets. But San Antonio on Sunday is the most imposing team standing between Miami and the ’71-72 Lakers’ record. So what will the Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich do? Keep their powder dry for the road game Monday against Western Conference rival Memphis – and, while they’re at it, stick it to the NBA a little for the first Miami game (and $250,000 fine) by legitimately resting a few key players? Or take this one as a challenge, as a defense of their court and a refusal to join the other streak victims? A li’l extra rest might help San Antonio on Monday and down the road. But losing Sunday will become part of the permanent record if this streak goes the distance and, because of who the Spurs are, one of the victories that will be remembered. Hopefully Pop and his guys stomp on the gas and give the Heat their best effort.

Fran BlineburyTim Duncan with the lead pipe in the conservatory.

Heat upcoming schedule
Day Date Loc. Opponent Time (ET) TV
Wed. 3/27 @ Chicago 8 p.m. ESPN
Fri. 3/29 @ New Orleans 8 p.m. League Pass
Sun. 3/31 @ San Antonio 7 p.m. NBA TV
Tue. 4/2 vs. New York 8 p.m. TNT
Fri. 4/5 @ Charlotte 7 p.m. League Pass
Sat. 4/6 vs. Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. League Pass
Tue. 4/9 vs. Milwaukee 7:30 p.m. League Pass
Wed. 4/10 @ Washington 7 p.m. League Pass
Fri. 4/12 vs. Boston 7:30 p.m. NBA TV
Sun. 4/14 vs. Chicago 1 p.m. ABC
Mon. 4/15 @ Cleveland 7 p.m. League Pass
Wed. 4/17 vs. Orlando 8 p.m. League Pass

Jeff Caplan: Assuming the Heat finish off this week — at Chicago (Wednesday), at New Orleans (Friday), at San Antonio (Sunday) — unscathed and riding a 30-game win streak, they will lose on April 10 at Washington. Why then? Easy: Miami will have broken the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ record streak of 33 consecutive wins with its 34th one night earlier on April 9 at home against Milwaukee. The sheer emotional and physical exhaustion of the streak that dates to Feb. 3 will finally spill out on the home floor of the Wizards (who are playing quite well anyway, thank you) and they’ll have the honor of mopping up the blood, sweat and tears of the longest win streak in NBA history.

Scott Howard-CooperThey will not win out the season. That would be asking too much. That would be asking them to be much more than record-setters. Running the table would be more like super human. Who trips them up? San Antonio on Sunday.

John Schuhmann: No. And it could be anybody that knocks them off, really. I know that they have their foot on the pedal for the most part, but they’ve had plenty of imperfect nights during the streak, and every opponent left on the schedule (except the Bobcats) is an NBA team capable of playing well enough to beat the Heat when they’re not playing their best. If they do make it to 34 straight, I think they definitely take their foot off the pedal for those final five games and make sure they’re somewhat fresh for the first round, where they might just run into the Celtics. So I seriously doubt they run the table.

Sekou SmithNo. As well as they’ve played the past two months — winning 27 straight games is remarkable by any standard — I just can’t see them making it all the way to April 17 unscathed. I’m sure Heat fans would love for their beloved team to take a 39-game win streak into the playoffs. But there’s no way … is there? Ultimately, I think the streak ends this week. The San Antonio Spurs are going to be tough to beat at their place on Sunday. There’s no shame in having the second best regular season win streak in NBA history. No shame at all.

20 Comments

  1. javi says:

    The Heat didn’t win out but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing; the pressure from maintaining a record-setting win streak must be intimidating, and this will give them a chance to experience a bit of humility as they attempt to fix errors for the postseason. I feel the same way about my Nuggets, and will just enjoy the fact that they were a part of NBA history. I’ve been keeping an eye on all the games/teams out west (not so much the East), and it’s getting tighter and tighter down the stretch. My new DISH Game Finder app is really helpful too, as it finds all the TV games in a matter of seconds. I work nights at DISH usually, so the DVR is crucial, and it even lets me set reminders/recordings for upcoming games!

  2. mee(a)t says:

    WELP! WE LOST

  3. Bob M says:

    The Heat have a big target on their backs and have almost lost games that should have been blowouts. I don’t see great momentum, just grinding games out in the 4th quarter. That style means you are going to slip at least one of those games.
    It would be amazing to see them put it together for 4 quarters (like they did in game 5 of the Finals).
    I think………….. they will grind it out, but it won’t be pretty

  4. EDDIERICH says:

    The officials will do their best to make sure it happens

  5. ##### says:

    What a haters people just can’t see the reality and except the truth that the heat is the east

  6. Mike says:

    They are going to knock out the spurs. The Heat can play a fast game that Tony Parker team can not handle and win its by at least 13 points…trust me.

  7. slider821 says:

    lol Jeff Caplan. Your logic is mindblowing.

  8. Just saying says:

    What about the Knicks?i know the heat won their last matchup but the Knicks won two against them by an average of 20 pts. I do think the Knicks got what it takes to crush the Miami Heat

    • bigwes95 says:

      they don’t. the difference is the heat’s change going into play-off mode after the all-star break, which is why they’ve been practically unbeatable against everyone and anyone since the break.

  9. July says:

    45-0, they will win out and sweep the playoffs to a second championship!

  10. BJ says:

    with all the under .500 teams that Miami will be playing agianst, they might as well fly into those cities and play the high school teams, lol. Miami will cruise thru the east because all the west coast teams and medicore. its really a joke.

  11. joshua says:

    i think that with James and bosh and all their great defenders and a little luck they will be unstoppable and will dominate in the following games although Derek rose is back they just need to step up their game and they will win it all.

  12. Tkam555 says:

    So 11 wins against tha bottom feeders of the East:???not that impressive

    • bigwes95 says:

      having the best record against western conference teams, second longest winning streak in NBA history, champions from last year and possibly this year, best record in the league, history in the making etc…… and a 92% of winning the top 5 teams in the west going for 10 wins in 11 games.

  13. chalice says:

    The Spurs are the obvious choice for beating the Heat’s win streak. I don’t think its a good idea anyway for Miami to try and win out the season as it is exhausting. That being said, I wonder if the Spurs will rest Parker and Duncan (maybe Ginobli as well). Kinda funny to me that Pop allowed Parker and Duncan to play the all-star game and not rest them but decided to rest them during the season where games actually count. If not for the streak, Miami could have rested James, Wade and Bosh as retaliation for Pop’s unwise protest against the NBA schedule earlier. I wonder what Pop would say about the Heat’s schedule with regard to this streak?

    • 16going417 says:

      If Pop rests his key players against Miami on Sunday and Miami still has not lost you can bet the NBA will have something to say about it and there “may” be some rule changes next year if that happens.

      I, as a fan, will be extremely upset if Miami still has a win streak going and Pop rests key players. That is the kind of game the fans want to see. The best vs. the best and let the chips fall where they may.

      San Antonio better come ready to play on Sunday and I hope the Bulls end the streak tonight.

  14. Nosaj23 says:

    68 – 14 Indeed… And finaly the Championship Ring is the cherry in the cake, Win it all Miami Heat!!!!!!! :)

  15. Bstarr says:

    Go Bulls !!! I can use a happy Wednesday night very badly!!!

  16. Dr. O'Neal says:

    68-14 baby~