Found March 26, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
ORLANDO, Fla. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade sat out for the second straight game Monday night in Orlando, resting his achy right knee as the defending champs put their 26-game win streak on the line against the woeful Magic. But Wade may have reconsidered taking the precautionary evening off had he known his teammates on the court would follow suit. Against a rebuilding Orlando squad in a heated race for the NBAs worst record, the Heat looked rudderless for most of the night, trailing by as many as six points in the first half against a Magic team with nearly as many losses (53) as Miami has wins (55). And with less than three minutes left in the third quarter, following a Jameer Nelson 3-pointer, Miami found itself locked in a 68-68 tie. But before things got irreparably ugly, LeBron James finally decided to play like the MVP that he is, and Miamis reserves went unconscious from the floor, sparking a 37-17 burst over an 11-minute stretch to create enough separation for an uninspiring 108-94 win. We did enough late in the third quarter and the fourth quarter to come away with this win, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the victory. That was some of our best, in that fourth quarter, on both ends of the court the activity level, and then obviously the offense, movement, finding open shooters. Before that, it was a little bit more of a sleepwalk. With 27 straight victories, Miami is now within six of the 1971-72 Lakers all-time record of 33, and any win is one worth celebrating with a target that massive on your back. But the Heats lackadaisical nature during a recent lull in their near-record run one that has seen them require huge rallies against Boston and Cleveland in recent days and the teams increasing dependence on its ability to flip a switch take control is, at the very least, troubling. That kind of halfhearted approach to winning may work against basement-dwelling teams such as Orlando, Charlotte and Detroit. But it wont cut it against the leagues best. And with upcoming trips to Chicago and San Antonio on its current four-game swing, Miami had better start coming out stronger earlier, or else its streak may soon be over. You could see it in the body language and our effort, our focus and concentration, how it shifted after that time out in the third quarter, Spoelstra said Monday of his teams effort. But each game is not going to be perfect, and you have to figure games out. We were able to do that, so well take that positive. The Heat, of course, continue to say theyre not overlooking teams like the Magic on their path toward the record book, and that theyre just getting every teams best shot every night. But their play certainly suggests otherwise. Virtually all of their close calls have come against afterthoughts on the schedule, and Miami has really only played its best when its had to. We are not taking our team for granted, insisted LeBron James, who overcame a slow start to finish one rebound shy of a triple-double against Orlando, with 24 points, 11 assists and nine boards. I continue to always say that in professional sports, wins are hard to come by, and teams like this are really rare. To be a part of a team like this, we do not take it for granted. Next up on Wednesday come the Bulls, whom the Heat crushed in Game Nine of the streak in their best defensive performance of the season. Then the Heat pay a visit to the Hornets, who just snapped Denvers 15-game winning streak with a 24-point rout in New Orleans on Monday. After that, the trip ends in San Antonio, against the Wests best team, the Spurs. And if there were ever an opportunity to break any bad habits that may have formed as Miami went through the motions over the past few games, this stretch would be it. Each game is its own challenge, Spoelstra said. Physically, we need the rest to get ready for Wednesday nights battle against Chicago. Its always one of the most physical games and competitions that our guys go through, against that team. So well have to gear up for that. Its never easy. Its tough to say whether Miami will emerge from San Antonio with a 30-game streak intact, especially as the weight of the run becomes harder and harder to bear. But if nothing else, Miami shouldnt fall to the Bulls, Spurs or even Hornets because of the type of listless effort that was on display against the Magic. And if the Heat should happen lose because they simply got outplayed, theyll be OK with that, as long as it puts them in better position to repeat in June. Our historic run is about winning championships, James said. That is what we want to be known for. It is part of a process. Whatever comes in between that, we can be excited for it. We didnt have a goal in mind to say, Lets go on a long consecutive win streak, but our goal of mind is to win every game that we are on the floor. It doesnt happen like that every night, and we know that, but that is how we approach the game. You can follow Sam Gardner on Twitter or e-mail him at

Dwyane Wade sits, Heat still win

The Miami Heat, despite their desire to keep the winning streak alive, are looking at the big picture.  They could have sent Dwyane Wade out last night, but the team wanted to be proactive with his knee.  Wade's knee was sore, so he got the night off.  And the Heat still won.Michael Wallace of ESPN says the decision to sit Wade was based on the guard's history of knee...

Wade sits out for Heat vs. Bobcats

Dwyane Wade is not playing for the Miami Heat on Sunday against the Charlotte Bobcats because of right knee soreness. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says Wade has been dealing with the issue for several days and that the team believes a bit of rest and treatment will take care of the problem. It's the fifth game Wade is missing this season. He's averaging 21.5 points on 52 percent...

Dwyane Wade in, Derrick Rose still out as Miami Heat go for 28th straight

There was a prediction that existed among optimistic Chicago Bulls fans that their MVP Derrick Rose would pick Wednesday to return to the lineup to vanquish the mighty Miami Heat. Please click here to read this story. The post Dwyane Wade in, Derrick Rose still out as Miami Heat go for 28th straight appeared first on Players View.

Wade out with right knee soreness

MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade is not playing for the Miami Heat on Sunday against the Charlotte Bobcats because of right knee soreness. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says Wade has been dealing with the issue for several days and that the team believes a bit of rest and treatment will take care of the problem. It's the fifth game Wade is missing this season. He's averaging 21.5...

Dwyane Wade Conducts Post-Game Interview With LeBron James

As the heat continue their winning streak of 26 games, they also find time to entertain fans with some game time hi-jinx. Last while playing the Bobcats Dwayne Wade conducted a post-game [...]

Dwyane Wade interviews LeBron postgame after victory over Bobcats (Video)

After the Miami Heat picked up their 26th straight victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, Dwyane Wade (who didn't play in the game) decided to show off his reporting skills by talking to teammate LeBron James about the win.Keep an eye out for Chris Bosh doing his best to videobomb both of them:

Dwyane Wade Teaches Us The Secret Of The Psyche-Out

The Big Leagues The star of the new Dove Men+Care commercials tells you how to get in your opponent's head.

Kevin Durant And Dwyane Wade Star In New Gatorade Commercial

Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade have teamed up with Gatorade for a pretty cool new commercial entitled Fixation. The commercial reenacts the NBA Finals matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat from last year’s playoffs. From the YouTube description, “Fixation is a story about the relentless inner drive of athletes to be the best they can be.” Durant even...

Dwyane Wade interviews LeBron James after win #26

The Miami Heat won game #26 in a row against the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday beating them 109-77 in Miami. Dwyane Wade sat this one out nursing a sore knee but took over commentator duties interviewing LeBron James following the game.   Of course it’s not a proper Miami Heat postgame interview without a video bomb from Chris Bosh!   Sidenote. It’s Spring. They’re in Miami...

NBA center Chris Kaman does not like Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade

According to The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman does not like Dwyane Wade.  Kaman said, I just never really got along with Dwyane Wade.  I guess I [...]

Mavs Chris Kaman “I’m not much of a Dwyane Wade fan”

Mavs forward Chris Kaman is an interesting dude who is not afraid to speak his mind. This morning he was on BaD Radio 104.1 FM The Ticket and was asked about the Heat’s win streak. He had some unflattering things to say about Dwyane Wade. I’m not much of a Dwyane Wade fan, but I’m a LeBron James fan. I’ve been watching him play, and we were in the same draft together. He’s...

Reliving Heat's 27-game win streak

The Heat's unforgettable chase for history has come to a screeching halt at 27 games after the Bulls pulled off the upset Wednesday night. But don't fret because it's time to relive all the highlights (remarkable and ridiculous) Miami authored during this nearly two-month run. The Harlem Shake Love 'em or hate 'em, the Miami Heat know how to have a good time...

Sunday Standings Watch: Effect of a win streak

There are currently two win streaks of 15 or more games going on in the NBA right now, which is just crazy to think about this late in the season. The pressure is on for Playoff positioning and both the Heat and the Nuggets have lots and lots to play for. These win streaks have served two very different purposes. Miami is on a 25-game win streak and goes for number 26 tonight...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.