People say stupid things:
“They will break the single-season win record [of 72],” Jeff Van Gundy said. “And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers’ 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year.”
“They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected,” Van Gundy added. “There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will.
“And with Erik Spoelstra coaching, they will be in the top three defensive teams in the league, as well. The other 29 teams better hope the lockout gets moved up a year.
Let’s break down exactly what this guy says.
“They will break the single-season win record [of 72]”
72 wins in a season. Out of 82. They can lose 10 times. Every NBA team plays about 6 months worth of games. About 14 games a month. They can lose 2 games 4 of those months and then lose ONLY 1 time in two of those months.
So they have to go 13 out of 14 in 2 months of the season just to TIE the 72 games.
The 95-96 Bulls went 39-2 at home.
The Heat play Boston, Phoenix, Orlando, Utah, Dallas, Orlando again, OKC, Chicago, Portland, Lakers, and Boston again.
Those are their toughest home games. And I’m not including two games against the Hawks and the Bucks, two previous playoff teams.
THAT IS INSANE. INSANE. They can’t afford to lose more than 4 games at home. So pick four games to lose. Of those 11 games listed above, can you see them going 7-4 and sweeping the rest of their home games?
“And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers’ 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well.”
That would span over 2 months. Do you think that could happen?
I don’t. That doesn’t seem to make any sense.
If they do string together 34 games, they would probably break the record. Because then they’d only have to go 39-9 to break the single season record.
“They will never lose two games in a row this year.”
I could see that. And they can’t afford that if Van Gundy’s other prediction will hold true. 72 games that is.
“And with Erik Spoelstra coaching, they will be in the top three defensive teams in the league, as well. The other 29 teams better hope the lockout gets moved up a year.”
Don’t move the lockout up, y’all.
Basically with this team we’re getting 73+ wins with a streak of over 33 games in a row.
They can score at will. And defend everyone.
Is every game going to be a 130-75 blowout?
For some reason that seems irrational.