Miami just keeps on winning.. can they be stopped?
March 16, 2013
The Miami Heat have looked virtually unstoppable over the past couple of months. The NBA hasn’t seen a streak like this since the 70’s, in which the 1972 LA Lakers won an unprecedented 33 straight games. The Heat became 1 of only 6 teams in NBA History to win 20+ consecutive games. This team is truly amazing to watch. Despite being 30th in the league in rebounding, Miami has still managed to dominate by creating matchup problems at every position. Miami’s best lineup features “The Big Three” along with Ray Allen and Shane Battier. This lineup has outscored others teams by 32+ ppg in “crunch time” (5 mins left to go, in a game decided by 5 points or less). By surrounding 3 All Stars with accurate 3 point shooters in Battier and Allen, Erik Spoelstra has created an unstoppable lineup.
The Heat haven’t lost since their trip to Indiana on February 1st, 102-89. During this 21 game tear, 13 wins have been by double digits. At 50-14, their Southwest Division lead over the Atlanta Hawks has ballooned to 14.5 games. This team’s recent run of excellence starts and ends with LeBron James. His eye popping numbers set the tone for the rest of the Heat’s roster. LBJ is averaging 26 ppg, 8 rpg, and 7 apg (leading the team in all 3 categories). James’ presence gives his teammates opportunities for easy baskets. This especially makes the sharpshooters (Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, and Rashard Lewis) happy, they are all shooting at least 40% from distance.
After watching this team defeat any and everyone in their path, the question now becomes when will they lose again? I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this team broke the 72′ Lakers NBA record. Bill Sharman, Hall of Famer and the coach of that team agrees.
“It is certainly a possibility that the Heat could break our 33-game winning streak,” Sharman told Fox Sports Florida. “The record has held for 41 years, and all of us that participated in it are very proud to have been part of that season. However, [Heat president] Pat Riley has put together an amazing team, and I have to admit this one makes me a little nervous.”
Miami’s pursuit of the record won’t be easy. 7 of their next 10 games are on the road. They travel to Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio and will face some tough tests from those savvy veteran teams. In the grand scheme of the things, whether they win 34 straight games or not will not effect their chances at a title. Their play over the course of this season does however does make them the clear favorites to win the title.