Enough about this silly little, historically unprecedented win streak the Miami Heat are on. It's that time to begin analyzing the playoffs.
Specifically, the Miami Heat and how LeBron James is going to lead them in the playoffs. The Heat are currently riding a 24-game winning streak, but little attention is being paid to the fact that we're only 17 regular-season games away from the playoffs.
There is such little reception regarding the Heat in the playoffs for two reasons. One reason being this winning streak that has captivated and enthralled the basketball community. The second is because the Heat are 11-and-a-half games ahead of second place in the Eastern Conference.
Even though the Heat are a combined 2-4 against the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks, they have beaten both teams, including a blowout win over Indiana, over the course of the winning streak. With the Pacers playing .500 ball as of late and the Knicks falling to pieces, there simply isn't any need for creative speculation into the Heat's possible Eastern Conference matchups.
The Boston Celtics, however, are a team that can push the Heat. They're the slower, more beat-up team, yet they have continued to find ways to pester Miami. Whether it's Avery Bradley's defense, Jeff Green's sudden vaults to stardom, or Kevin Garnett's defensive intensity, Miami always finds itself in a dogfight with Boston.
Have you taken a look at the Eastern Conference lately? Boston is only two games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for seventh place. There is a strong likelihood the Celtics could fall to eighth, paving the way for a first-round matchup with the Heat and a third consecutive postseason series with their bitter rivals.
The Heat have obviously been using a team effort to secure the NBA's second greatest win streak. For now, however, we take a look into LeBron James and how he can help push the Heat into a third consecutive NBA Finals appearance.