Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy)
After a long discussion with my editor, we decided that it was time to dedicate some much deserved time to the streaking Miami Heat. When Lebron James and Chris Bosh joined the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010, they had visions of multiple titles. After winning their first championship last season, you could see the dream begin to come true. After defeating the Toronto Raptors today, 108-91, the Miami Heat have now won 22 games in a row, tying the 2008-2009 Houston Rockets for the second longest winning streak in NBA history. With the likes of Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier and Ray Allen acting as second in command to the greatest player in the world, Lebron James, makes this season look like one for the ages. But in this day in age, does a massive win streak translate into another NBA championship? It may for this team, but the history does not help their case.
In the last 10 years of the NBA, the 2006-2007 Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks won 17 games in a row, and as stated before, the 2007-2008 Houston Rockets won 22 in a row. All three of those teams made the playoffs and were projected to do some damage, but not one of them won a ring. They may have each had their all star players, (Phoenix with Steve Nash, Dallas with Dirk Nowitzki and Houston with Tracy McGrady) but what's working in Miami's favor is that they have super-star Lebron James.
From previous seasons, we knew that he was one of the best to ever play the game, but at this point in his career, Lebron is on a whole other level. He is a lock for the MVP this season, and due to the way he and the rest of his team has come together, they may be a lock for a repeat at the NBA crown. Most teams can put together 5 game streaks, and if you can get 10 in a row, that is something special. But when a team gets as white hot as the Heat have, you have to wonder if they will lose again this season. When Lebron was in Cleveland, I was such a huge fan, but as soon as he packed his bags and headed south, I became a James hater just like every Cleveland fan. Now that a few years have passed and I have become a smarter sports fan, I appreciate Lebron James and the Miami Heat for what they are. A group of talented friends that decided to take the basketball world by the balls and shake things up a bit. With the help of the Big 3’s supporting cast, the Miami Heat truly have a chance to become one of the best dynasties that professional athletics has ever seen. But on the same note, a hot streak can come to end just as fast as it started.
As I go back to previous history, this streak may be just a mirage. The Suns, Mavericks and Rockets all fell victim to an untimely demise, and you have to wonder if the Heat will as well. Personally, I think the basketball intelligence of the Heat will be able to break through the ego that a 22 game win streak builds on you, but this is also the same team that claimed they would win 5, 6 or 7 NBA titles. Their ego is already bigger than most teams, and if they all of a sudden go ice cold, that could be the death of another title opportunity.
So before we go and deem this team the 2013 NBA champions, we need to remember that the Heat hasn’t done anything yet. Yes they have put together a nice streak that might go down as one of the best in NBA history, but the only streak that matters is the one that a team puts together during the play offs. For the sake of the game, I hope that they continue to win and I wouldn’t even mind if the Heat won another title this year. Yet, when it comes to past history, streaks don’t turn out well. As special as this team has become, the 2013 Miami Heat may say screw you to the past and continue to write their own history.