The past month or so has been quite an eventful one for the Eastern Conference leading Miami Heat. They have endured a 15 game win streak that started on February 3rd when the Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors 100-85. Key wins during the streak are wins against the Oklahoma City Thunder and, most notably, this past Sunday’s win against the New York Knicks.
The current streak is the longest in Heat franchise history. Their immediate chance to extend the streak looks well as they are facing a lackluster Orlando Magic team that owns the second worst record in the NBA. Down the road, it looks like the Heat’s streak has a decent shot of lasting until season’s end. This is because the remaining opponents on the Heat’s schedule have a combined winning percentage of under .500.
The Miami Marlins have kicked off spring training. But they were only able to use three of their key players in a short amount of time. Closing pitcher Steve Cishek and slugger and face of the franchise Giancarlo Stanton have left the Marlins for the spring to play for the United States baseball team in this year’s edition of the World Baseball Classic. Starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez is also leaving to play in the WBC for the Venezuelan national team.
The Marlins have had a great spring thus far. Their current record is 4-4-2. Not much is expected of the Marlins after having held two fire sales in which they rid of key players Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, and Josh Johnson. Essentially, the team is composed of mainly minor league players. The only notable player on the team is arguably the best slugger in baseball right now, Giancarlo Stanton. Rumors have gone around that the Marlins may be trying to trade him as well.