Mar 6, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) scores the game winning basket as Orlando Magic small forward DeQuan Jones (20) defends during the second half at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat defeated the Magic 97-96. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
The Miami Heat continue their run at history tonight on the road against the Orlando Magic. They are going for their 27th victory in a row against a weak Orlando team that has lost 5 games in a row. The Heat have taken the season series against the Magic.
A big question in tonight’s game is whether the Heat’s all star guard Dwayne Wade will be able to play. He was held out of yesterday’s game because of soreness in his left knee. The magic look to be without both Aaron Afflalo and Nikola Vucevic who average about thirty points for the team each game.
Even though the Magic will be without two solid scoring players, some of the Heat will need to step up if Dwayne Wade is not in the lineup. Norris Cole and Chris Bosh were able to pick up the slack yesterday. Whether it be Battier and Allen from three, or Birdman and Bosh from down low, expect someone to step up their game if Wade cannot play.
The Magic have no chance on making the playoffs but don’t expect for them to roll over. Orlando would love to be the team that ended the Heats winning streak.
Last time these two faced off it came down to a little fourth quarter magic (no pun intended). LeBron James made a layup with less then 10 seconds on the clock. It was a close game all throughout. The Heat have come back from double digit deficits in each of the last four games, but it’s hard seeing that happen against an already weak Magic team.
I think Miami takes this one and reaches 27 games in a row, but after tonight they continue a challenging road trip with some teams who could very will end the streak.