Thursday, March 28, 2013

The End Of The Streak

I had the pleasure of watching the Miami/Chicago game last night and even though the Heat had their 27 game streak snapped I liked what I saw.  The Chicago Bulls played out of their minds hitting ridiculous shots and established a physical style of play, but Miami didn't back down.  They kept the pressure on for 48 minutes and never let Chicago out of their sight.  When the game was over LeBron and D Wade shook hands and walked off the court without acknowledging any of the Bulls players.  Isaiah Thomas would be proud.

In the beginning (I'd say around game 20 or 21 of the streak) I didn't really believe Miami would break the record.  It's hard to stay focused and hungry for that long when everyone is prepared to give you their best effort.  Cleveland was up by 20 in the 4th quarter.  Jeff Green had the best game of his professional career.  Philadelphia played them tough to the final possession.  It's difficult to maintain that level of intensity every game.

Whenever a team is trying to accomplish something that's never been done before there's always a let down if they come up a little short.  It's almost as if the team goes from being the greatest thing since sliced bread to to a bunch of bums that couldn't beat a little league team.  Fans feel betrayed they let themselves get caught up in the hoopla only to be left disappointed and heart broken in the end.  For those of you that followed the Seattle Mariners in 2001 know what I'm talking about.

Now that the streak is over lets put things in their proper perspective.  Before last night the Miami Heat hadn't lost a  game since February 1st.  I'll repeat that.  BEFORE LAST NIGHT THE MIAMI HEAT HADN'T LOST A GAME SINCE BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL!!!  They are still the best team on planet Earth and no one can beat them in a 7 game series.  LeBron James is a man among boys and D Wade still has super baller status.  I don't think they will lose more than 4 games the entire playoffs.  I
got the Heat and you can have the field to win the chip this year.  Any takers?


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