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LeBron James is surely reaching the true heights of his pro-basketball powers. After winning the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat for his first title last season, James has now led his team to a win streak that stands at 23 games, which is second longest in the entire history of the NBA (The current record is 33 games set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers led by Wilt Chamberlain). Although many of the LeBron-haters would hate to admit it, this Miami Heat team is on the verge of becoming an NBA dynasty that could last for a long time.
With the dynamic trio of Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James signed to fairly equal $20 million/year contracts through 2016, the Miami Heat may not be losing another game for 4 years, at which point we will all have to unanimously praise the heroics of LeBron James and the invincible Heat.
But although that prospect is rather unlikely, the basketball world looks totally unprepared to handle the Miami Heat at the present time. LeBron James put up another classy game-winning shot to defeat the Boston Celtics with just 10 seconds remaining in the game, and it once again showed all the markings of a Hall of Fame leader for the Heat. Still playing in MVP form, James again made plays all over the court with his 37 points and 12 assists.
The win streak sees the Miami Heat currently own the top record in the entire NBA and has probably struck fear into the hearts of opponents’ players. What is the rest of the NBA to do? The Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs seem capable of actually testing the Heat and hold similar powerful records, but neither has been able to snatch a win from Miami.
Regardless of how impressive the win streak is for the Miami Heat, the only true determinant of making them a dynasty would be another NBA Finals victory. Regular season games count little once the NBA Playoffs begin. I do think that the Heat will repeat as champions, however, and this current streak is simply the work of a clearly dominant basketball team playing to their full powers.
With easy games coming up against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Charlotte Bobcats, and the Orlando Magic, the streak will probably continue. Then the Heat plays the Chicago Bulls (who still may be without Derrick Rose) followed by a trip to the pathetic New Orleans Hornets.
Therefore, by the time the Heat travel to San Antonio to face Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and the Spurs, the Heat’s streak could be on the verge of 30 games and within striking distance of the all-time record. The Spurs would surely provide a stern test for the Heat in preventing the record-breaking run from continuing.
Streaks can be very dangerous in sports though. With so much emotion and intensity surrounding winning day in and day out, there is a possibility of losing focus and disappointment whenever the inevitable loss does occur. How the Heat responds to that day and finishes the rest of the 2013 NBA season will surely go a long ways to determining whether this Miami Heat team is a true dynasty.
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