The Miami Heat managed to accomplish the elusive feat on winning back-to-back home games during this turbulent season earlier this week, with wins against the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers. With some (small) momentum for the first time since Chris Bosh's hospital trip, Heat players will try to win their third straight game against the struggling division rival Washington Wizards.
After a strong start to the season, Washington has not played well since the turn of the calendar. But they've especially struggled to win games in the last month or so. The Wizards have lost six of their seven games since the All-Star break. Some point to their Feb. 19 trade of veteran Andre Miller for journeyman Ramon Sessions as a contributor to those struggles. This team is vulnerable, with recent losses to Philadelphia, Minnesota and a Chicago Bulls team without Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson.
Then again, Miami has also lost to the Sixers and Timberwolves this season. Both of these teams are trying to hold their position in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt, so this game could get intense. Miami can't assume the Wizards will let the Heat walk in to their building and steal a win. This game will require all hands on deck. Goran Dragic has to keep John Wall honest on the defensive end of the floor. Hassan Whiteside should win his match-up against Marcin Gortat. Luol Deng can't have a pedestrian night.
If Miami manages to come out with a win, it'll give the Heat confidence going into upcoming games against Sacramento, Boston and Brooklyn. It's after the All-Star break. This is Miami's chance to pick up some wins and gain some separation from teams vying for the eighth seed.