This weekend has been buzzing with basketball. Normally, I talk about college basketball, but I love pro ball. And how can I talk about the NBA without discussing LeBron James and the Miami Heat? Their streak now goes to 23. This has not come easily, however. In last night’s win over the Celtics, the Heat were down by double digits several times.
But that did not stop the LeBron and his team. They won the game 105-103, but not before James utterly disrespected Jason Terry with a monster dunk. Although James got the tech and a charging foul after, that hasn’t stopped Twitter and the free sports world from discussing it. James ended the game with 42 points.
Although they lost, Jeff Green came through for the C’s in a major way last night. He scored a career-high 43 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. The Celtics were up by 14 in the second quarter, but not enough to keep the Heat out. By the end of the half, the Heat were down by six. After a tough cat-and-mouse kind of game, the Heat pulled it out in the end. This “W” increases the Heat’s winning streak to 23, passing the Houston Rockets for having the second longest winning streak in NBA history.
This streak is impressive, but what does it really say about the Heat?
After winning the national championship, the Heat have a lot to prove. Some believe that them winning the championship last season was a fluke due to the short season. However, Miami has proved themselves in my book this season as they are the #1 team of the Eastern Conference. James is a dynamic player, but he doesn’t do it alone. The whole team bands together and plays well to form a powerhouse. With the addition of Ray Allen (a major hit for the Celtics), the Heat have added to their outside shooting game.
After their comeback performance last night and their current streak, there’s a good chance that they can be champions for two consecutive years. There are very few teams that can play at the same level as the Heat. They are still on fire from last season and are coming strong.
As the season gets closer to playoff time, Miami has secured their place as the #1 team in the East. The #2 team, the Indiana Pacers, are 12 games behind and seem to be the only team who are believed to have a chance at beating the flaming Heat. So far this season, the Heat are 1-2 against Paul George and the Pacers.
A small NCAA blurb: I missed Selection Sunday, but after looking at the match-ups, I’m still unsure about a tourney winner. I haven’t even done my bracket yet. When I do (after careful thought and consideration), I will post it and talk about match-ups that I’d like to see.
I’m also excited for NCAAW tournament after the Baylor Lady Bears are a #1 seed for the second year. Unless something serious happens, I plan on attending the first round game as it will be in Waco at the Ferrell Center on Sunday. The next month is going to be an exciting time for college basketball lovers everywhere.