During the 1971-1972 NBA regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers set the seemingly unbreakable record of 33 consecutive wins. Seemingly unbreakable that is until now. The record that has spanned decades appears to be meeting its demise at the hands of the rampaging Miami Heat. The defending champs were considered to be the prohibitive favorites to win the title again this season, but few would have ever ventured to predict that they would come as close as they have now to beating the incredible streak. The Heat for now are still in the high 20s when it comes to their streak, so it is well within reason for them to drop a game before they can match or even surpass the Laker streak. Right now however, forecasting a loss seems to be as foolhardy a venture as predicting they would break the streak when they were still at the very start of it. It just seems to be that the Miami Heat is the best team on the floor on any given night, and it is tough to think of any one team that can derail this focused and driven juggernaut.
Miami would not be in this position were it not for its collection of excellent players. The centerpiece of the team is reigning regular season and Finals MVP LeBron James. LeBron has taken a game to all new heights this season. He has always been one of the best players in the league ever since he first entered it, but there is now no question that he really is the best basketball player alive today. His combination of size, strength, speed, and skill is unmatched. He is the one player that can really dominate on both ends of the floor when he wants to, shutting down the opposing team’s best player on defense, and making spectacular offensive plays on the other end. He is again the favorite to win the regular season MVP, and it would probably the one that he has earned the most. Miami however, is not a one-trick pony. Also on their list of players is perennial All-star Dwyane Wade. The explosive guard has been one of the elite players in the league for almost the same amount of time as James, and he has now found a niche as the number two option on the team. Chris Bosh is another multiple time All-star that is making an impact on the team. His underrated contributions have helped the team stay on top even when the other two star players are having bad nights.
The old saying is that records were meant to be broken, and it seems as though the storied 33-game winning streak is destined to be another one of those that will be broken. If the Miami Heat players continue to play at the level they are at now, then breaking the streak is just another checkpoint for them to mark off. At the end of the day, the Heat are looking to repeat as champions, and back to back beats 33 every day of the year.
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