Josh McRoberts

Trending in the NBA: The Heat continue their unlikely march to the playoffs

Trending in the NBA: The Heat continue their unlikely march to the playoffs

In an NBA world with a preseason running from October to January, the Miami Heat would receive championship contender talk.

But for treating the first half of the season like a preseason to get healthy in body and play, Miami is only a second-half phenomenon that creeped into playoff position over two months.

With 10 games to go in the season, the Heat could become the first NBA franchise to reach the playoffs after posting an 11-30 midpoint record. Doing a 180-degree turn offensively with hot-shooting, attacking guards Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters, Miami had a season-best 13-game winning streak and won 23 of 28 games before losing two opportunities to reach .500 in the...

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