Expect the Miami Heat's remaining games as it attempts to break the Los Angeles Lakers' record 33-game winning streak to be nationally televised.
The NBA's decision that allowed ESPN to air the Heat's game at Orlando on Monday night will place the Heat over the league-maximum 10 network appearances for the season. ESPN already had been scheduled to have only one more Heat telecast — at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Chicago, which will give it 11 appearances on ESPN.
“Fans should expect other upcoming games to be televised nationally,” said a source with knowledge of the league who spoke on conditions of anonymity. “Obviously, this win streak is historic and it is captivating fans across the country.”
The additional network games will be blacked out in the local markets, the source said.
If the streak continues through Wednesday, NBA TV or ESPN likely would pick up the Heat's 7 p.m. Friday game at New Orleans.
“We're working closely with the NBA to explore additional opportunities,” ESPN spokesman Ben Cafado said.