2. The Heat Streak: If Miami beats Chicago on Wednesday, and New Orleans on Friday, they will be heading into their biggest hurdle before Win #34, which would set the NBA record. That hurdle is the San Antonio Spurs. The game is Sunday night, in San Antonio, and will be televised nationally on NBA TV. An added layer of interest: Popovich rested his trio of elderly stars in the only other Spurs-Heat meeting of the season and got under the wrinkled skin of NBA Czar David Stern by sending them home early. This time, the Spurs are not playing their 7th game in 10 days. I can’t wait for this match-up.
Darko Index Prediction: Miami slips by the Bulls in a tight game on Wednesday, beats New Orleans in a surprisingly tight game, and then rolls into San Antonio on Sunday riding the 29-game streak. What happens in San Antonio? Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter destroy the Miami bench and lead the Spurs to a blowout victory in a huge second-quarter run. Does it matter? Only in the sense that Miami is forced to realize they are not utterly invincible before they meet (and annihilate) the Milwaukee Bucks in mid-April.
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