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For Heat, win streak can be part of team’s legacy

Mar 20, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

Erik Spoelstra; LeBron James AP

Ten, 15 years from now, what are we going to think about with this era of the Miami Heat? What will we be saying about LeBron James? Dwyane Wade?

A lot of that will be determined by how many rings this Heat core can rack up — it’s not likely to reach the numbers of LeBron’s brash predictions, but with LeBron reaching his peak years they will be threats to win a handful.

But when you think of those Jerry West/Wilt Chamberlain Lakers, the streak is part of that. When you think of the Jordan era Bulls, the 72-win season is part of that legacy.

The current 23-and-growing win streak the Heat are on can be part of their legacy. That streak could (likely will) grow Wednesday night when the Heat take on the injury-riddled Cavaliers.

James admitted that the streak has taken on an importance with the team in speaking with Fran Blinebury at NBA.com.

“It means a lot,” James said. “I am a historian of the game. I know the history of the game. I know almost all the teams that have come through the ranks. To be sitting in second place right now, with so much that this game has given to our fans and everything, for us to be there, doing it the way we want to do it, it means a lot.”

At a time of the year when the Heat might be coasting, might be resting guys and dropping games they shouldn’t they are focused and making fourth-quarter comebacks. They want this.

“We’re aware, and it’s a special opportunity that we have with this group,” said coach Erik Spoelstra. “And you don’t want to take it for granted. You want to treat every day as a special opportunity to be with this group, to share these moments together, but more importantly to take a step closer to going after our goal. And every day that we improve puts us in a better position in a quest where nothing is guaranteed for anybody.”

What might really worry the rest of the league about this streak is it is making the Heat sharper and more focused heading into the playoffs. Where their legacy will really be determined (this streak without a ring to cap the season will lose its luster). And right now it’s hard to look around the league and see who can beat a focused, sharp Heat team in a seven game series.

  1. mtheparrothead - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    The best team money can buy!

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      Actually Chicago and New York offered more money for LeBron, Chicago offered Wade more for his services and Cleveland offered more for Bosh that free agency.

      So in reality it is the best team. Period.

      Pat Riley >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> your team’s GM.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      As opposed to everyone else who plays for free?

    • craighsite - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Actually that’s all professional teams philosophy! Theyere great! Deal with it!

  2. HotHotHeat - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    It’s history in the making….

  3. 808raiderinparadise - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    well, well ,well ……….

    Nothing like a good ol’ LeBron in Cleveland game.

    Its more fun to watch the losers with “quitness” shirts on and strange signs while they boo one of the GOAT

  4. miamatt - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Without a championship, it’s an outlier like the Rockets ’07-’08, or the ’07 Patriots.

    But if they can keep this going and follow it up with another trophy, it takes on a significance that will echo for decades.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      Love the “outlier” dig at the Patriots. Well played.

  5. finsfanlh45 - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    A lot of teams are not focused & they also don’t think the Heat are a dangerous team in the playoffs. But the Heat are usually under estimated in the fourth quarter.

  6. rodge1 - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    This streak has made the usually boring part of Miami’s season exciting.

  7. cantonbound13 - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    When they lose we hear “regular season doesn’t matter”. When they win the bandwagoners call them the best team ever. Very overhyped!

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      How pathetic it is that you’re no longer only hoping that the Knicks will be good. You can no longer hope the Heat don’t win a championship.

      Now you’re only hope in life is that the Heat lose ONCE. That they lose A game. Singular. That they go 23-1 in their last 24 games. You sit there with nothing better to do than stay home (or go to a sad sad strip joint) and watch every minute of every game of team that you hate with the hope and prayer that they will lose ONE regular season game. If only that could happen, THEN you could gloat and say, “told you”.

    • craighsite - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Dude are you serious? They are playing against other pros and on any given night some team can get hot or play out of their minds. 23 games is 23 games even if they were playing an AAU team. Don’t minimilize their accomplishments because you are hating! Recognize greatness! All Hail the King! You’re an idiot!

    • southbeachtalent - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      New York the Mecca??? Now that is overhyped.. Get over it, your team is irrelevant.

  8. cantonbound13 - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Denver has won 13 in a row. Has anyone realized how bad more than half the teams in the league are? Miami has feasted on Terrible teams like Orlando, Cleveland & Toronto in this streak. The “playoff” teams are Milwaukee, Atlanta & Indiana, missing Granger. I’m not impressed. San Antonio olmost beat them without their 3 best players in the game. “Legacy” is defined in the post season.

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      You can’t have it both ways unless you are dumb.

      They almost lost to a weaker team but winning 23 in a row against all of this weak competition (OKC, Clippers, Lakers, Memphis, Boston, Indiana, Chicago) isn’t special.

      Please just go to a happy place, like away.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      Notice he didn’t list New York Knicks in that list of playoff teams? Or are they among the terrible teams?

    • craighsite - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Dude are you serious? They are playing against other pros and on any given night some team can get hot or play out of their minds. 23 games is 23 games even if they were playing an AAU team. Don’t minimilize their accomplishments because you are hating! Recognize greatness! All Hail the King! You’re an idiot!

    • zeedoubleyou - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Is this the only year the NBA has been full of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’? It’s like this every single year.

      Yet somehow only a single team in the history of the league has had a longer winning streak.

      I don’t think I need to say anything else.

    • aboogy123456 - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      I agree with you canton. This streak is very impressive because it takes a lot of focus to not relax for any night, but people are confused if they say this streak equates greatness. Greatness is beating the best teams in the league in the playoffs and proving you are the best team in the league. This streak is causing the heat to play with more focus and when they are focused I really don’t expect them to lose to milwaukee or cleveland. What was very impressive was the rockets streak. Every single game was more of a 50-50 game and they somehow were able to win 22 in a row.

  9. dirtydavis - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Is credit due? In all serious how much credit can you give them? LBJ did sign with a team that had a superstar and an All-star.

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      I wish whiny little girls like you would stop acting like if the three of them would have signed with whatever team you root for you wouldn’t have a completely 180 degree opinion.

      I didn’t decry Boston when they formed a big three, I hate Boston fans and Paul Pierce, but I always respected Ray and KG. I never thought less of Kobe because he needed Shaq and Horry to win, or Jordan or Barkley or any of the greats because they needed help to win.

      Anyone who says this streak or the Heat aren’t special, phenomenal and historical is either jealous or just plain pathetic. So please, just shut up. We get it, go back to your basement or trailer or under your rock and just stop. Nobody cares, nobody’s listening/reading and we understand; you are dumb.

      • dirtydavis - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        pfft… somebody does care (you and the 10 people who clicked thumbs down, you dumb phck). The trio in in Boston were old (they were all 31yr + old, R. Allen coming off ankle surgery) and well past their primes, Houston Rockets trio were in the brink of their careers. Shaq and Kobe were a duo not a trio ( learn how to count, son!) Of course great players need good players to win a ring or two. I am not arguing or complaining about that Its not about jealousy, its about the inevitable. Soooo— Again how much credit can you give LBJ and co? He did sign (While still in his prime) with a superstar, an a All-star. Wouldn’t you expect them to put up historic numbers, winning streak(s), multiple banners?

    • cullenand99 - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      The deserve a ton of credit. They’re doing something that has only been done once in NBA history in winning over 22 games in a row. It really doesn’t matter that they have three All-Star players on their roster. This is something that Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish’s Celtics didn’t accomplish. What Bill Russell, Sam Jones, and John Havlicek’s Celtics couldn’t accomplish. What Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, and Dave DeBusschere’s Knicks couldn’t accomplish. What Isaiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, and Joe Dumars’ Pistons couldn’t accomplish. What Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman’s Bulls couldn’t accomplish. I could keep going on and on with stacked teams that didn’t do what the Heat are doing right now, but I think you get the point.

      • dirtydavis - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        I get your point, but am I the only one who expected all this? Didn’t you expect them to flirt with the 33 winning streak, or 70 win season?

  10. kw27p - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Good point dirty Davis. And this is the problem with the most non competitive sport out of the majors called the nba. Only 4 or 5 teams actually have a chance of winning it. And that is pathetic. Ill never be an nba fan

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      But you’ll come to Pro BASKETBALL sites and read articles and read comments and comment yourself. Shut up.

      You are dumb.

      • dirtydavis - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        DAYUM SON!!! You know this is just sports LOL. No need to call people dumb.

  11. dirtydavis - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    When are we going to hear ” Lebron can’t win a ring without Dwade”? Kobe dealt with that nonsense for 7 years

    • zeedoubleyou - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      Kobe was also 2nd banana for his first three championships, which never gets brought up.

      My point is not to take away from Kobe but to illustrate that history has a way of forgetting insignificant storylines that seemed important at the time.

      Just win…nothing else matters.

      • dirtydavis - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        Good point!! But serious when are we going to hear that? LBJ (just like Kobe) just keeps shutting up his naysayers.

  12. skinsfanwill - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    I wonder why no one brings up the Lakers in discussions about buying a team. they have 4 hall of famers in the starting lineup and can barely get in the playoffs. Boston had 3 all stars when they won, no one mentioned a word. The Spurs had 3, not a word. Now because Miami has to legitimate stars you guys are complaining. Stop it!!!!! Keep hating and Miami keeps winning. go find Kobe and Dwight to complain to.

    • dirtydavis - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      This is not a laker article ^^^

  13. mungman69 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Just whom did the Lakers play during their streak?

    • dirtydavis - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      IDK I think you log in to NBA.com or espn.com/nba. Why come here and ask? This site is a blog

  14. mungman69 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    They are a damn good team. Just admit it. To many crybabies on this site.

    • dirtydavis - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      No one is denying LBJ greatness nor is anyone saying the Heat is a bad team.

  15. nobandwagonridersallowed - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    2nd longest win streak in nba HISTORY! 23 straight against other professionals???? People can’t even do that in video games playing at the most difficult level and not cheating! Yet still, people aren’t impressed! LMAO

  16. yousuxxors - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    i am a knick fan and im sick of the heat hate. LBJ is an animal and tearing up the league right now. wade isnt the same but still dam good and bosh is good to.

  17. progress2011 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    BALLIN !!!

  18. jdhein22 - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Bucks can.

  19. aboogy123456 - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    great game by lebron last night, shows why he is the most dominant player in the game today. But I can’t remember the path to the finals being easier for any team in recent history. Honestly, is there one actual championship contender in the east besides the heat? They are going to cruise to the finals and if they play the thunder, the finals will be easy as well. This is what bothered me the most about lebron joining forces with Wade, he wanted to take the easy way out. A streak just shows that they didn’t take any nights off, but I’m still nto sold on this being some great historical team, until they start actually facing some challenges.

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