In our latest edition of the NBA.com Vlogtable, our experts chime in on the biggest topic of the day: The streaking Miami Heat, who as of Friday morning had won 20 straight games. With a couple of road games this weekend, and a potentially huge game looming in Boston on Monday, the Heat are quickly closing in on the second-longest regular-season streak in NBA history (22 games, by the 2008 Houston Rockets) and are now at least within talking distance of the NBA-record 33 straight wins the Los Angeles Lakers ran off in 1972.
Among the highlights of this edition of the all-Heat Vlogtable:
Fran Blinebury, on the Heat’s identity: “After last season, and making the run to the championship, they know who they are now … Last year, they found that identity, they have it, they’re playing with it. And that’s what a lot of teams spend the whole season trying to do.”
Sekou Smith, on the dominant Heat: “I think it’s great for the NBA. Rivalries and great teams are always great for sports. We are getting way ahead of ourselves, though … They know that no one’s going to care about that winning streak if they don’t win the championship.”
Jeff Caplan, on the uniqueness of Miami: “This is a totally unconventional team. They’re fast, they play defense … I think it’s an amazing outfit. And I think you got to give Coach Spoelstra a lot of credit as well for really making this thing work … I remember 9-8 in Dallas [in 2011] and LeBron bumping into Spoelstra and everyone wanting him fired. They’ve come a long way, and I think it’s pretty amazing to watch what’s going on there.”
Steve Aschburner, on the Heat’s place in history: “I don’t think this win streak matters much to the Heat unless they get the record. And then it’s going to matter a whole lot, if they go on and finish their business … I’ve been asked here in Chicago, ‘How does this team rank compared to the ’95-96 Bulls team, the 72-victory team?’ That’s the high-water mark. Again, you got to get up there.”
Scott Howard-Cooper, on who can challenge them: “Nobody can beat them in the East … But I’m not giving up on the NBA Finals yet. I don’t think it’s ‘game over.’ Oklahoma City is really good and San Antonio is really good right now … There’s not going to be a 4-0 Finals, I just cant imagine. Those are two good teams.”