Cats in the NBA: Heat Streak Edition

Darius Miller and the Hornets take aim at Heat.

The Miami Heat have taken the NBA by storm since the All-Star break, making a run at a new league winning streak record. With the streak now at 26 games, can Darius Miller and Anthony Davis stand in the way of this juggernaut?

The Miami Heat have taken the NBA by storm since the All-Star break, making a run at a new league winning streak record. With the streak now at 26 games after the defending champions dispatched of Doron Lamb's Orlando Magic on Monday night, can anyone stand in the way of this juggernaut?

Looking at the Heat schedule, several former Wildcats will have an opportunity to derail history this week. The Chicago Bulls, featuring Marquis Teague and Nazr Muhammad, are next in line on Wednesday.

After a day of rest, MVP front-runner LeBron James will lead the heat into New Orleans to face Anthony Davis, Darius Miller and the Hornets. Miller is expected to make his second career start for the Hornets as normal starting shooting guard Eric Gordon is sidelined with a sore ankle.

Davis' first NBA season has been plagued by injuries to this point. However, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft has recently closed the gap for the coveted rookie of the year award.

Portland point guard Damien Lillard has won the Rookie of the Month award in the Western Conference each of the previous four months this season, making him the popular choice. But Davis has become more consistent as of late while showing his ability to remain durable. Thus, the Hornets forward is gaining momentum down the stretch.

After winning Eastern Conference player of the week last week, former UK star John Wall made headlines again in week 21. The Wizards went west on Friday and defeated Jodie Meeks and the Los Angeles Lakers 103-100.

Meeks contributed 16 points in 24 minutes off the bench for the Lakers, but it was former No.1 pick Wall who stole the show. The Wizards star point guard put in 24 points, 16 assists and 6 rebounds while making key plays down the stretch to close out the victory in Staples Center.

Wall's follow-up performance was less than stellar as he likely cost his team a shot to win at Golden State on Sunday night. He earned his second technical foul and was ejected for a run-in with Warriors guard Klay Thompson. The ejection came with 6:41 remaining in the game.

"I let the team down," he told The Washington Post after the game. Wall finished with just 14 points in 24 minutes on the court as the Wizards eventually lost 101-92.

Terrence Jones has been out of action for the majority of the month of March with a thumb injury. His first game back on the court came with the Houston Rockets' Developmental League affiliate and Jones scored a season-high 31 points on 12-of-13 shooting.

On Sunday, Jones' Rio Grande Valley Vipers went up against former cat, Erik Daniels and his Erie Bayhawks. The Vipers edged out the victory 105-104 on the road as Jones had 20 points and eight rebounds. Daniels nearly finished with a double-double as scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Daniels is averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 37 games this season in the D-League.

Week 22
Tuesday, March 26

L.A. Clippers (Bledsoe) @ Dallas Mavericks 9:30 p.m. on TNT

Wednesday, March 27
Chicago Bulls (Teague, Muhammad) vs. Miami Heat 8:00 p.m. on ESPN
Brooklyn Nets (Bogans) vs. Portland Trail Blazers 10:30 p.m. on ESPN



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