No Wade? No Problem For Heat As Streak Stretches To 26 With Win Over Charlotte





MIAMI – You could hear Dwyane Wade‘s voice bellowing through the Miami Heat locker room in the final seconds.

“Ballgame,” he yelled as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

That was hours before Wade’s Miami Heat had finished off the Charlotte Bobcats for their 26th straight win. That yelling came from the Heat training room, where Wade was parked for treatment on the sore right knee that kept him out of the Heat’s 109-77 demolition of the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, who had the unenviable task of bringing the worst record in the NBA to AmericanAirlines Arena Sunday night for their matchup against the team with the best record in the league.

Wade’s college coach, Tom Crean, and his Indiana Hoosiers needed all the energy they could get, even from afar, to get past Temple and clinch their Sweet Sixteen berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The Heat obviously didn’t miss a beat without Wade in the lineup, the extent of his work here Sunday night included him subbing for Fox Sports Florida’s Sun Sports courtside analyst Jason Jackson and interviewing James on the court seconds after the game ended.

When asked how Wade compared to Jackson as an interviewer, James was brutally honest in his assessment.

“He’s got a lot of work to do,” James said before cracking a smile. “Jack is one of the best, so he shouldn’t feel bad. D-Wade did a good job, though. He looked good, too.”

Just as they have every game since Feb. 3, the Heat found just the right formula to brush the Bobcats aside. And therein lies the beauty of what’s going on with this team. No matter the circumstance or situation, they continue to handle their business by any means necessary.

“Our guys get it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “They get when it’s time to go.”

They also know when it’s time to let go. All the fun that comes along with the streak is a product of a team that’s more comfortable in its own skin than they have been since they were assembled.

“We’re having a blast,” Chris Bosh said after celebrating his 29th birthday with win No. 26 in the streak. “Best team I’ve ever been on. Best team I’ve ever been on. People like to say it, but we always have fun. And we work hard but we played hard, too. That’s something when it’s always hard to find that balance. It’s just something we do a fantastic job of here is just knowing that we have a chance to win. That’s huge. But having a good time at the same time, it’s important. Those are the things we’ll remember.”

The challenge of maintaining this streak grows considerably tougher with the last extended road trip of the Heat’s regular season. They’ve run the gauntlet during the course of the streak. Seventeen different teams have tried to solve the Heat during this run and 17 have failed. The Lakers’ record 33-game streak looks as attainable as ever with the Heat braced for a four-game road trip that kicks off Monday in Orlando and makes stop in Chicago (Wednesday), New Orleans (Friday) and San Antonio (Sunday).

“Well, I’d rather be home,” Bosh said. “We just got back. But it’s okay. We have to continue to play well on the road. We have some huge challenges ahead of us. A lot of places where you can’t just come in and mosey in and think you’re going to win the game. We’re playing a Orlando team that has pushed us to the brink twice. New Orleans beat Memphis the other night. Chicago is Chicago and San Antonio is San Antonio. We have our work ahead of us. But it’s like I’ve always said, we can’t get too ahead of ourselves. We take care of our business one game at a time.”

That becomes increasingly difficult with all of the outside attention paid to the streak in the places the Heat will visit over the course of the next seven days. The Heat already have the burden of being the reigning NBA champions and now they show up with streak, cranking up the intensity of each game even more.

“Yeah, that’s all they hear about even when they are not playing us,” Bosh said. “It’s ‘What do you think about the streak?’ First they get pissed and then when they finally play us it’s, ‘hey, let’s knocks these guys off.’ That gives them extra incentive. But I think it’s a healthy exercise for us because we are playing with something to lose. And that’s how it is every night in the playoffs, so we’ll have a good rhythm when we get there.”

Only time will tell if they get there, to the postseason, with the streak intact. As crazy as it sounds, it’s not outside the realm of possibility for a team that continues to win at a record-setting pace.

16 Comments

  1. Nosaj23 says:

    27 Wins and Counting..!! Lets go Miami Heat!!!!!!!!!

  2. MJfromOKC says:

    What the Heat is doing right now is crazy, hopefully they win to the Magic, game is tied up right now.

    Regardless this 26 game win streak is insane.

    Denvers may be more impressive because they dont have any super stars.

  3. Beast says:

    LeBron is getting his 4th MVP.

  4. KIN says:

    STFU MIAMI HEATeeerrrrssssss JUST SIT BACK AND RELAX WHILE WATCHING HEAT GAMES WINNING STREAK.., HEATeeerrsssssss GONNA HEAT…,, (DEVIL LAUGH)…, BWAHAHAHAA

  5. This bruno from BORAT says:

    @Chris
    Heat’s Road record better than your lakers home record…. Cry loser

    • Chris says:

      You’re an idiot. I’m not sure how exactly you managed to deduce that the Lakers are my team from stating the redundancy of them being a subject in HT blog, but I am afraid to tell you that you are incorrect. I have no team. Perhaps you should learn to read before coming up with baseless opinions, yes? And I thought the Laker fans I grew up around were stupid during the three-peat, you sir truly take the cake.

  6. Jack says:

    all you could do haters is watch and wish your team could do more than these guys…if HT was created on the day the Lakers did make their noise when they get that 33 wins, same treatment i think would have been given to them,..we thank atleast that our time has all these blogs to express our opinions and senses,..long live NBA!!

  7. Inno Ruta says:

    Mr. Sekou,
    Dou you still want Miami Coach E. Spoelstra to rest King Lebron for play off so another team can beat them or let him keep having fun regardless of the win streak since nobody wants to put up a fight for 48 min? As long as you win, it is fun, Miami heat is the new kid on block, let them enjoy their ride until someone play better 4th quarter than the heat and beat them. In mean time Bravo Miami.

  8. Chris says:

    Watch, this streak will end and writers will jump on the Nuggets train and fill it withHeat references. Hell nuggets could beat Miami’s streak (relax heat junkies I’m not saying they will) and these writers will find some kind of way to glorify the Heat in there. I used to love HT, but after the stupid update for EVERYTHING that went wrong with the Lakers (which we already knew) to every game the heat win (which we also already knew) its getting less interesting.

  9. Chris says:

    Seriously.. Why is this even being written? They beat the BOBCATS. A high school team could beat the bobcats -.-

    • Mike says:

      The Heat’s streak will be a story every game until it ends, and it will be an even bigger story when it does end. Sorry, it’s just something you’ll have to live with.

  10. NO says:

    wow just rename this to HEAT blog.

    Next entry: LeBron and Wade out for lunch.

  11. SpursFan says:

    It’s time for the Spurs to reveal their true skill on Easter Sunday. The Spurs have made it to the playoffs. I believe in theml

    • Maybe Not says:

      they just lost to the rockets

    • dattebayo says:

      If the Heats win streak is still alive when they go to San Antonio, what are the odds that Pop will just not give a puck and sit Leonard, Duncan and Parker?

      • it doesnt matter if pop sits the big three or not, the heat will still win. and i hope he doesnt sit them because beating the spurs as a whole is much easier than beating a short handed spurs and will show the heats true talent