NEW YORK – It’s pretty hard to believe that the subject of an historic winning streak is not being discussed in the Miami Heat locker room.
Miami has won 12 straight following Wednesday’s relatively easy 106-88 victory at the reeling Bucks, surpassing by one game its win total in the first 41 games.
Additionally, the winning streak equals the third longest in team history, matches the longest in the NBA this season and sets the all-time NBA record for the longest winning streak for a team still holding a losing record.
To further the point: In the four-year history of the Big Three, just one time did Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh put together a winning streak better than the one in a year in which the Heat are ‘rebuilding,’ although that was a doozy, 27 in a row in 2012-13 season.
The Heat (23-30) have gone from having the second best odds to land the No. 1 pick in the draft to two games out of the final playoff spot and just three games behind No. 7 seed Chicago. They look to extend the streak Friday in Brooklyn.
Still, from Erik Spoelstra – who would not bite on a question from Jason Jackson on Fox Sports Sun after the win in Milwaukee insisting he finally has to acknowledge the streak in some fashion – to the players, everyone has gotten the memo.
“I’m not going to talk about the streak,” Spoelstra said, adding that maybe the media can get his players to talk about it but knowing full well he has taught them well.
So, we tried. … and failed.
James Johnson was asked if at least the team was taking some sense of pride in the streak. Basically he said: Don’t go there.
“I don’t think so, I honestly don’t,” he said. “We didn’t think about it when we were losing. We kept on working, we kept on plugging away. Our offense and defense was trending in the right direction at that time. And (even though) we were winning our offense was getting better and our defense was getting better.
“We have a lot more details to cover and a lot more to get better at instead of worrying about a win streak.”
Next up. … Rodney McGruder.
“We’re not even talking about it,” he said. “I feel like you get full of yourself when you talk about how good you are and that’s not something we’re going to do. We’re just trying to stay the course, stay in the moment and stay level headed.”
When Hassan Whiteside was asked about the streak he did exactly what any good soldier would do, praise Miami’s next two opponents – Brooklyn and Philadelphia – who own the worst and fourth-worst records in the league and are a combined 51 games under .500
“We got teams coming up that are really scrappy and we’re going to try to get this back to South Beach,” Whiteside said.
Believe me, this is historic, even if the players do not want to acknowledge it.