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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Streak Snapped at 27

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Streak Snapped at 27

Its over!

I didn't post the usual Wednesday NBA Power Rankings yesterday for a simple reason: it was the Miami Heat, then a major gap, then everybody else. Hardly even worth recording. Well, they showed me. Tip of the cap Chicago.

The Miami Heat's attempt at NBA history come to a screeching halt Wednesday night losing to the Chicago Bulls and snapping their 27-game winning streak 101-97.

There was no great shot at the end to save the streak. There was no 20-point comeback. Despite scoring 32 points, Chicago, the NBA best defense, made Lebron James look human down the stretch, snuffing out any late comeback run.

I know there are a lot of people out there, my self included, that just really do not care for Lebron and his majesty's antics. Believe me, I would love to sit here and bash him and the Heat for the "Not 1, Not 2, Not 3..." and all the other chaos. But in looking at this streak today the sports fan in me is impressed; truly impressed with the Heat's ability to rattle off 27 games in a row.

Lets think about it for a moment. They went over a month without losing against the best players in a the world. That says something. I hear those of you who say the NBA is diluted and isn't the game it use to be, yada, yada, yada. That is a different argument for a different day. Today, all teams in the NBA are faced with playing a lot of games in a short period of time. To go over a month without having an "off day" or being "banged up" coming off a back to back is kind of shocking. We see some of the better teams in the league lose to inferior opponents with relative regularity.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau put it best, "When you look at what they've done, to be the defending world champions and to have a winning streak like that knowing that everyone's chasing you, credit them," said Thibodeau. "I think you can learn from them."

What we have learned is streak or no streak, the Miami Heat are the real deal. Yikes, that was painful to type but very true. Even though they came up 5 games short of the streak, their ultimate goal of winning another championship is still very much in play.

At this point, Miami is still on the throne and the team to beat in the NBA.

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