Miami Heat on an Unprecedented Run
Written of quickly into the season, the Miami heat are riding one of the most unexplainable streaks in NBA history, pushing themselves back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
On January 17, the Miami Heat held an 11-30 record, casually hanging out in second last in the entire league. Bruised and battered, the Heat were looking at trading star guard Goran Dragic. Reportedly everyone for that matter was on the trade market – everyone except for Hassan Whiteside. With the days of Dwyane Wade abruptly finished, Heat fans had their sights set on the ping pong balls of Draft Lottery night.
That night, the Miami Heat took down the Houston Rockets. That upset win preceded an unprecedented eight more – including a buzzer beating triumph over the Golden State Warriors. On Wednesday evening, the Atlanta Hawks rolled into town and very handily dismantled by a score of 116-93, marking a ninth straight victory for the Heat.
Despite the incredible hot streak, pun intended, the Heat sit in 12th in the entire conference, 3.5-games back of the eighth-seeded Charlotte Hornets. In the midst of a .400 winning percentage, the Heat have entered a league of their own.
There have been nearly one thousand win streaks in the 71-years of the NBA’s existence. Only three teams have ever won seven straight games in a sub- .375 season. With their eighth win on Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets, the Heat set an NBA record which teams may or may not be proud of.
Currently at 20-30 on the season, and still 32-games remaining. The Heat are making a strong playoff case for themselves. Goran Dragic has had a solid season, while Whiteside has had an All-Star calibre year as well. A healthy Dion Waiters has been the x-factor during this torrid stretch, effeciently scoring in bunches. James Johnson has been a steady presence off the bench too.