On Wednesday night, the Miami Heat pushed their winning streak twelve games after beating the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Heat were 11-30 almost a month ago, when they lost to the Bucks on January 13th. It seemed as if they had no chance of making the playoffs, and would be in the lottery. However, they are now 23-30, and are now only two-games behind the 8th seed.
Many people will think the streak isn’t that impressive because it includes two wins against the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Dallas Mavericks. However, the Heat have also won against some of the NBA’s top-tier teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.
People just be impressed by this streak, considering how bad they were playing coming into the new year.
Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic are two major reasons for this streak. Throughout these games, Dragic is averaging 23.8 points per game, 6.7 assist per game, while shooting 56 percent from the field. He has silent the trade rumors from early January.
Waiters has been playing like the star he believes he is, and what many people believed he could be when he was drafted. He is averaging 21 points per game, 4 assist per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field.
— AsPe Heat (@AsPe0308) February 5, 2017
Like this against Nets.
Dion Waiters with his second consecutive game winner pic.twitter.com/4rotEgBdgp
— Four Point Play (@fourpointpod) January 26, 2017
And this one a few weeks prior.
Dion Waiters feeling real nice after last night’s game winner pic.twitter.com/5BWrV99UFZ
— Per Sources Sports (@PerSources) January 24, 2017
The Heat lost both Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow, who both played a big part on the team last year, when they made it to the second-round of the playoffs. They are both rather excellent defenders. Thus, it seemed as if their defense would suffer. Not to mention they also lost Dwyane Wade and Christ Bosh, who were both huge part of the Heat organization for years.
That has not been the case.
Players like Rodney Mcgruder, Luke Babbit, Willie Reed and Wayne Ellington have stepped up mightily during the streak, and this is also credited to Erik Spoelstra. He has been able to get most out of his players, figurin out the lineups and rotations that best fit this team.
The Heat are currently 10th in the East, and if they continue their great play, they are for sure to make the playoffs.