dj vitus wrote:Can someone find data on combined opponent winning % during this Heat streak? Maybe compare it to our 33? I'd be surprised if it were higher than .400.
NBA.com did a piece recently comparing the two streaks, if I recall correctly, the combined opp. win % is about the same, slightly higher for LAL but by like .03 or something very insignificant. The biggest difference between LAL's streak and MIA's streak is that LAL won almost all of their games by double digits and many were big blowouts, MIA has had more come-from-behind wins and very narrow 'escapes'. Which either says MIA has faced tougher competition or LAL was the stronger team or both or whatever.
One other noteworthy detail of LAL's streak was that they won 8 games in 10 days which is unlikely to ever happen again in the league since it was a back-to-back-to-back REST back-to-back REST back-to-back-to-back situation.
It's really tough to delve into history over something like this I think. Some of the greatest to ever play the game were suiting up in the 70s, it was a golden era of talent for the league but it's also so hard to look back and realistically compare any of those players, even the monolithic ones, against modern players and really divine how they might stack up. That being said, I think the fact that 20+ game streaks are so rare historically does suggest that that '70s Lakers squad was a seriously
good team that if you could magically transport to today's NBA would still be a seriously good team.
Overall, I think win streaks are fun and engaging in the sense that you always want to see if it'll keep going or not, and there is a historic value to them, but I mean, they don't tell you much overall. They're a combination of skill and luck erring more on luck in some instances. I mean, the 2008 Rockets had their 22-game streak and no one considers them one of the greatest teams ever assembled or anything close to that. The current Heat team is
at least a de facto "GREATEST TEAM EVAR" and all but I don't think having a big streak 'proves' that as much as people make it out to be. Adds to the case, sure, but I do think people blow streaks out of proportion a bit. They're closer to anomalies, by my reckoning.