The Miami Heat was on the verge of breaking in to the 20+ game winning streak club, something that we last saw on the Houston Rockets where Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming was anchoring the squad then.
Hmm… they’re actually the fourth team to do so with that 98-94 victory at Philadelphia, tying up with Oscar Robertson and Lew Alcindor’s Milwaukee Bucks en route to its championship in 1971, the Rockets’ huge run at ’08 with 22 straight victories, and the Los Angeles Lakers with an improbable 33-game winning streak at 1973 led by still Alcindor but more known on his new name then in Karrem Abdul-Jabbar.
Hey, they even surpassed the Chicago Bulls at 1995-96, which won 18 straight despite rounding up an all-time high 72 wins in their yearly 82-contest assignment.
The Los Angeles Clippers may have done much better only if they did not lose on that New Year’s game.
But this does not give any sort of guarantee on their championship defense yet, as only 2 teams on that same scenario managed to win that Larry O’ Brien trophy at the end.
Yes, even the Houston Rockets did not saw it coming. It’s like slapping the question “Who cares about the winning streak if they can’t bag home the championship trophy anyway?” right between their eyes.
Now the question goes like this: How far will the Miami Heat go on its so-far- a-huge-victorious-run? A lot of speculations arose on the internet. At a poll made by Yahoo! Sports, almost half of the users replied that they can surpass the Laker’s victorious remark.
To which I replied, that I doubt that it will happen yet. At least they can overtake Houston for now with that next four-game-assignment on the road which includes the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors, the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers (but better be cautious at the third one though, they lost the game there via double overtime). They’ll be fine if they will end up 4-0 the rest of the way, at least for the meantime as they’ll have the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs as the remaining tough opponent for March should everything will roll smooth for them.
But one thing is for sure; they can hit the straight Ws at around 20s. And if they’ll go beyond 30s but still wound up second to the Lakers (let’s say either 31 or 32), well… still a good accomplishment for them. Just saying.
Author: slickmaster | © 2013 september twenty-eight productions