Miami Heat: Why LeBron James and Company Haven't Peaked Too Soon
We media folk love to search for something negative to talk about. It's just who we are.
The same is especially true in the world of sports writing. When something is supposed to be a feel-good story, we find a way to get something, anything negative out of it.
So naturally the Miami Heat's 27-game win streak is making sports-minded keyboard warriors everywhere see the glass as half full.
The Heat are peaking at the wrong time. They're not focusing on what really matters: the playoffs. They're exerting themselves too much; just look at Dwyane Wade's absence the past two games because of a sore knee.
Miami is playing at a level that puts it in not just the conversation about the greatest NBA team of all time but in the history of all American sports. According to ESPN (via Elias Sports Bureau), this 27-game streak puts the Heat in second place on the all-time list for winning streaks in America. Monday's win over the Orlando Magic broke the tie with the 1916 New York Giants baseball club.
Miami has come this far, so why not go for the record? Why not immortalize yourself and make absolutely sure people remember this team forever? Stopping now would be like the 2009 Indianapolis Colts resting starters for the playoffs instead of going for the perfect regular season in the NFL.
Miami should be more like the 2007 New England Patriots, minus the whole losing the Super Bowl thing.
It's definitely doable of course, but it will be difficult as four of the Heat's next six games are on the road. Starting tomorrow they will play in Chicago, then in New Orleans on Friday and then will visit the San Antonio Spurs—which will be the most difficult of these games to win—on Sunday. Miami will then host the Knicks, travel to Charlotte and then will have a chance to tie the record at home against Philadelphia.
Do you want to see the Heat win 34 straight games?
They'll also be fortunate enough to have the chance to break the record at home against the Milwaukee Bucks.
There's nothing to suggest the Heat are losing momentum and close to losing one, either. Of the 27 previous wins, 17 of them have been by 10 points or more. Only one of those games went to overtime, and that was against the Sacramento Kings back on Feb. 26.
LeBron James and company are playing historically well. And why would this tire them out? They're professional athletes, and they do this for a living. I'm sure they're past the point of being sore after a tough game or just not "feeling it" the next night.
James, Wade and Chris Bosh are in their primes, and they could go on for as long as they wish. Because—it's tough to admit—Miami has the rest of the NBA eating out of its giant, flaming hand.
And if we really believed the team was peaking too soon, we would have been babbling about that around the time James became the first player in the history of the NBA to score 30 points on 60 percent shooting in six straight games earlier in this streak.
Yes, I'm one of many fans who are rooting for King James and company to lose a game because I'm still a bit bitter about what happened in 2010, but we need to realize we're truly witnessing greatness. So sit back and enjoy some of the best basketball the Association has ever seen. Appreciate it.
It seems like the Heat have forgotten how to lose. Let's hope that amnesia lasts for seven more games.
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