It was a good run for the Heat, but after last night’s tough loss on the road to the Chicago Bulls, the streak has come to an end. So 1971-’72 Los Angeles Lakers, your streak is safe and secure so you can relax, as the closest team to it now is the New York Knicks who have won 6 straight. What does this mean for each team? Well, let’s take a look.
What does it mean for the Heat?
It means that the historic run has come to an end and the Heat have sole possession of the 2nd longest winning streak in NBA history at 27 games. A streak that produced more total wins than 10 of the 30 teams in the NBA . The first time they have lost in almost 2 months is simply what it is, just a loss. Not a momentum crushing blow even though they lost to a Bulls team without 2 of their own stars. They were simply exposed for their consistent weak rebounding and made paid for it by a Bulls team that can beat you up on the inside. Is this the “blueprint” to beat the Heat? Of course it is. Does it mean every team can implement it and beat the Heat? No, it certainly doesn’t. For this moment though, tip your cap to them Heat, they beat you. You both played a good game, but the Bulls were just better last night.
What does it mean for the Bulls?
This has to be a confidence booster for a Bulls team that desperately needed it. Congratulations Chicago, you definitely earned it. A team that has lacked on the offensive end all season without Derrick Rose but can play even the best defense in the league without their main guy Joakim Noah. The Bulls have to be encouraged by this win without 2 of their best players and must carry this momentum through the rest of the season and into the playoffs. The Bulls are showing Derrick Rose that if he can come back they can make a serious run at the title. Will games like this help Rose make the comeback? Who knows if it can, but it can’t hurt. If Rose could come back and be as effective as ever, this would certainly be an Eastern Conference Finals matchup that would have us, and the entire NBA, salivating over.
What does it mean for the 1971-’72 Lakers?
They can finally breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate. Go ahead guys, your streak is safe, so do what you do when every winning streak ends, pop the cork! Or is that something another historic team does? Hmm, maybe. Either way, sit back and bask in the glory of the greatest streak in NBA history at 33 games because as of now, no one can touch it.