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Miami Heat nearing NBA record for consecutive playoff games without back-to-back losses

Jun 9, 2014, 1:32 AM EDT

Mario Chalmers, Tony Parker Mario Chalmers, Tony Parker

Of course, the Miami Heat won Game 2.

They lost Game 1.

The Heat are 13-0 following their last 13 playoff losses – forming a streak of 47 straight postseason games without consecutive losses. That ranks third all-time, and Miami could tie for second by the end of the 2014 Finals against the Spurs:

  • 54, Boston Celtics (1962-66)
  • 52, Chicago Bulls (1990-93)
  • 47, Miami Heat (2012-14)

How do you explain Miami’s success after losses?

“You do have a healthy dose of fear, and that makes you focus more,” Chris Bosh said. “It makes you play better, play harder. When your back is against the wall, it’s a very unique feeling.”

There is definitely truth in Bosh’s statement. Nothing rallies a team like facing a playoff exit, especially when the team – like the Heat – knows it’s capable of winning.

But I think there’s a bigger factor at play.

Boston went 37-17, Chicago 40-12 and Miami 34-13 during their streaks. Those just aren’t many losses – i.e., few opportunities to drop a second straight game. If you don’t lose once, you can’t lose twice in a row.

Are the Heat especially resilient? Possibly.

Are they just better than most of their opponents? Definitely.

  1. pantsfreezone - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    Math is a helluva drug.

  2. ravenswhat - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    I’m going to go ahead and guess that it probably has something to do with Lebron? Crazy I know.

  3. robigd - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Please re-title to “LeBron James nearing NBA record for consecutive playoff games without back-to-back losses”.

    When your best perimeter defender is in foul trouble, LBJ is having a “heat check” kind of game, and you shoot 60% from the line, that typically isn’t going to translate to a lot of wins in the NBA.

    I hope Joey Crawford’s crew works games 3 and 4. He isn’t afraid to make the “correct” call against superstars on their home court.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      you mean the same joe crawford that ejected tim duncan out of a game for laughing??? right bring him in please! smh

      • robigd - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Can it get worse than last nights crew? Same crew that missed the critical goal-tend call in SA/OKC series. Crew is awful and one-sided, calling fouls that they can’t even see (DWade flop). How can you call a foul you can’t see? I don’t understand.

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