LeBron is the favourite to retain his MVP title
Miami Heat are just NINE games away from equalling the best-ever win streak in the NBA – but can they go one better and make history?
Erik Spoelstra’s men have not won 24 consecutive games the easy way with TEN of those by winning margins in single figures, FIVE 10+ points deficits not including a double-overtime marathon against Sacramento.
The whole team has stepped up at one stage or another with bench contributions from the likes of Shane Battier, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen often proving vital. The winning mentality is phenomenal and their game-by-game approach is working wonders for their confidence.
Asked how they’ve managed to keep the run going, Battier simply responded ‘Faith’ which epitomises the character of the reigning NBA champions. A good team morale is important, sure, but things are made considerably easier when you have LeBron James on your team..
Many believe the 3x time MVP will soon become the four-time MVP after yet another stellar season. The self-proclaimed ‘King James’ has had a number of incredible plays, in the 24 win Heat Streak alone:
The driving game-winner against Orlando; a triple-double including a trio of triples in a pivotal spell in the comeback win in Cleveland; a devastating dunk on Jason Terry; the winning jumper in the same game v Boston; dropping 39 points in the battle v KD; the NBA record of six straight games with 30+ points with a shooting percentage of 60+. Incredible indeed.
LeBron may be the star player but take nothing away from the four other starters in this team. During the streak, Dwyane Wade has been influential and even stole a Player of the Week award of LBJ which goes to show the level he was playing at. Mario Chalmers has produced a number of key cameo roles while Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem do their job on the boards.
You’d expect Miami to win their next five games despite facing a road trip to Chicago, but then they take on the Western leaders San Antonio. Gregg Popovich’s side are finding a way to cope without Tony Parker and have been impeccable on their home floor this season and they definietly provide the biggest challenge to Miami‘s historic bid.
Miami then take on New York Knicks at the American Airlines Arena and if they pass that test then the Lakers’ record streak of 33 should be equalled and then broken within three days as the Heat take on Philadelphia and Milwaukee at home in April.
There are no easy games in the NBA but the streak can definitely continue to role for the Miami Heat.