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Long NBA Winning Streaks That ALMOST Happened

By winning 27 straight games in 2013 Miami Heat not only reached a second place on list of the longest winning streak in NBA history but they also reminded everybody about the difficulty of Lakers’ remarkable feat of winning 33 games in a row and received insurmountable amount of media attention because they were so close.
While the answer may seem obvious, was it really the best opportunity to break the record?

This is a story about forgotten heroes: the longest winning streaks in the NBA that ALMOST happened but because of couple untimely points here and there they didn’t so very few remember them.

My approach to find them was pretty simple, using all-time NBA schedule and results from basketball-reference.com I tried to locate multiple winning streaks next to each other interrupted by some close losses. Because I had history in mind I ignored potential streaks shorter than 18 games [only 9 such streaks really did happen] and to make it somewhat realistic all losses during them had to be by single-digits.

Such searching pattern surprisingly came up with 90[!] potential winning streaks. Some of them were literally one basket away from happening while others needed more to change but would have broken the record!

So let’s break them down starting with the ones single game away… [list is sorted by potential streak’s length]
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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Casually Unique

 

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Mavs Prove there are No Shortcuts in Winning?

I gave myself 2 weeks to forget about it but it didn’t work and I still have a strong need to react to so many clichés and misconceptions in one article. I apologize for quality of this post and it shouldn’t be read by anyone.

Inspired by a tweet from Dan Gilbert Steve Loung wrote an article titled “Mavericks prove there are no shortcuts in winning” which caused my jaw to land on the floor, repeatedly, so I had to comment on it.

Here’s what he said:

Gilbert is still very bitter following James’ “Decision” last summer and, while it would be nice to see him finally drop the issue and start acting like the mature owner that’s expected of him, he’s absolutely right in his analysis when it comes to winning an NBA championship.

There are no shortcuts in winning basketball’s ultimate prize.

Are we talking about Dallas Mavericks who acquired Tyson Chandler and Peja Stojakovic for nothing?
They only played vital role in those playoffs and that wasn’t any kind of shortcut? Really?
And it’s not like Dallas had 3rd biggest payroll in the NBA which always tells us about uphill battle for franchise.
BTW, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson were traded to Dallas year earlier for expiring contracts.

What’s more, I’m not sure why is it so hard to distinguish “necessary moves” from “shortcuts”?
And why the shortest and the most efficient way possible to achieve any goal is such a bad thing? Because it’s the easiest? Would any journalist or writer stay in obscure work-place for a sake of harder way to achieve any kind of success?!
Of course not! It’s a ridiculous premise! Yes, there could be different reasons for actions than “success” but what exactly make them so much better?

Anyway, later author added:

The only way a team is going to win a championship is if it has the desire, talent and, perhaps most importantly, has experienced crushing heartbreak in the past.

It’s not like LeBron James lost in the Finals before or experienced any heart-breaking games or heart-breaking series losses. Dwyane Wade is also a stranger to such series, it’s not like he lost one even though his team led 3-2. Those didn’t hurt? They weren’t crushing enough?

I would also mention a fact that only three Mavs’ players were on Dallas’ roster during their loss to lower-seeded Warriors in 2007 and only Dirk and Terry played against the Heat in 2006…

In the middle of this article you can find:

The same can be said of the most recent incarnation of the Boston Celtics. Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were chasing that elusive ring for several years with their individual clubs and continually found disappointment until, in the final act of their careers, they joined forces to finally win one.

Boston Celtics from 2008, who acquired two stars and countless role-players for cheap, are an example of team without shortcuts for winning? Seriously? And it’s not like LeBron James was chasing that elusive ring for several years with his club and continually found disappointment…

Unfortunately it wasn’t the end of it…

During key stretches in the fourth quarter when the Heat were clearly pressing and the moment seemed too big for them, Dallas calmly went about its business because its players had heard all the criticism before.

There’s absolutely nothing that was said or written about the Mavericks that the team’s players hadn’t heard before. In contrast, the Heat appeared to have been rattled by all the criticism that was thrown their way, particularly James.

Come on! I cannot belive those words. First of all, Heat’s poor record in close games created an ocean of comments about their mental toughness, lack of proper balance, alpha-dog issues etc.
Second of all, after ‘Decision’ and fake ceremony LeBron and Bosh heard nothing other than criticism!
I’m even pretty sure it was more discussed topic than anything what Mavs have done combined…

To sum up, thank you Steve Loung for a valuable lesson:
it’s better to spend more time researching material rather than write anything without it…

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Expanding Horizons

 

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