With the Miami Heat tearing up the NBA, USSDU takes a look at the upcoming week and the stories that take our fancy.[caption id="attachment_14998" align="aligncenter" width="534"] Photo Credit: Jerry Lai, USA TODAY Sports[/caption]
Welcome to MiamiAs mentioned last week the Miami Heat are streaking right now and their unbeaten run now sits at 21. The NBA record is held by the Los Angeles Lakers (33 wins) and the way the Heat have been playing that record doesn't look too safe. Last week they faced their biggest test in Indiana and walked away with a dominating victory that showed there is a big gap between them and the rest of the East. Coming up this week they face Milwaukee (possible 1st round playoff opponent), Toronto (have nothing to play for but pride) and the Celtics (minus Rondo they are playing well). It's going to take a super human effort from one of those teams to break the streak. However given they are all away games for the Heat any of them could do it. My pick for the streak breaker is Toronto. With a decent starting line-up and nothing to lose they might shock them early and Miami may let it be.
New York, New YorkThey were the leagues hottest team in November and December but since then it has been a struggle in the Big Apple. Recently things have started to look shaky after Carmelo Anthony went down with a knee injury. Their west coast road trip included some blow out losses to Golden State and Denver. It's no secret that this team is the oldest in the NBA so is it a big surprise that things are falling apart for them? Marcus Camby, Rasheed Wallace and Raymond Felton have all missed big chunks of the season. Tyson Chandler is now missing games with a bruised knee. They finish their west coast road trip with games against Portland, the Clippers and Utah. All games are potential losses if theie poor play remains. Can they close out the week with a couple of W's and get their season back on track?
What's Going on With Derrick Rose?It's been 10 months since Derrick Rose went down in the first round against Philadelphia and his return is still questionable. Fans are starting to wonder what's going on after doctors cleared Rose to play after showing in practice that his knee was 100%. He is concerned that he isn't able to dunk off his left foot. Apparently he won't have 100% confidence back until he can at least do that. Surely if the doctors have cleared him to play and he's said his knee is fine, then some limited minutes might be better than none for Chicago. To put everything in perspective, Iman Shumpert suffered the same injury, on the same day and has been playing for a month now. I know two injuries aren't the same but if the doctors have cleared you and the team is struggling then why aren't you on the court? I'm not sure what will get him mentally confident in his knee but most players will say that court time will do the trick, even if it's only 20 minutes a game. Please Derrick, give the fans some hope that Miami won't be walking away with the Eastern Conference Championship again.
Will the Heat be beaten this week? Will New York find their mojo again? What will it take to get Derrick Rose in the game? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.