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Heat Stroke: The 72-10 dream is dead

Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:35 am
The Heat fall to the Nuggets for their eleventh loss, ending the desperate dream of them matching the '96 Bulls
Posted by Matt Moore

There will be no joy in Mudville, mighty LeBron did sit out.

Before the season, the NBA's biggest question was not if the Heat would mesh, it was whether they would challenge the all-time best record for a regular season team set by the '96 Chicago Bulls at 72-10.  On Thursday night, that dream was mercifully put to rest much earlier than most people anticipated. Following a deep November swoon, the Heat had righted themselves and at one point had won 19 of 20 games. But a West Coast road trip against a motivated Blake Griffin led to a shocker loss to the Clippers Wednesday, and on Thursday, LeBron James sat out Thursday's game against the Nuggets, and the result was a 28-point loss.  And so they fall to 30-11. 

72-10 is no longer within range. 

It was a silly objective to begin with, hoping for a team laden with ancient role players, facing injury problems from the get-go, and trying to gel for the first time in a complex combination of talents to aim for the highest peak in historic NBA land.  It became absurd over the opening stretch where the Heat went 9-8, exposing significant issues and showing that this team was a work in progress. From there, it was only a matter of time. That they managed to rebound as significantly as they did, driving the point of double digit losses into 2011. 

And so it ends, not with a late season quest, under constant coverage from ESPN 24-7 (or from us, for that matter), but with a quiet road loss in a late game, downed by 28 points without the signature star they brought in amid the most controversial free agency decision in sports history.  From the beginning, the Heat said that this season was about wins, not about 72-10. It was about a championship, not catching Jordan's Bulls. Now they've set the table. A loss in the playoffs and they cement themselves as the biggest disappointment based on expectations of the modern era. Win, and they show that all the hoopla over the regular season was inconsequential and that it is all about the rings. But unlike LA or Boston, who seem to lose nearly only when they lack effort, the Heat seem to lose when boiled down to their essential parts, when the chemistry doesn't mesh. 

The glory of being legends has escaped the Heat. The pressure is now even greater to become champions. That's what they've put on themselves with all their behavior. Anything less than a championship and they are a disappointment to their fans and a joke to their detractors. Oddly enough, the word I keep thinking of is ... 


Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2011 2:20 pm

Heat Stroke: The 72-10 dream is dead

After tonight's game againts Chicago, the Heat will be 0-3 in their last 3 games. Karma is a bitch. Oh yes, what a wonderful world.

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2011 8:50 am

Heat Stroke: The 72-10 dream is dead

I have nothing against Wade, or Bosh for that matter, but it is indisputable that the three mouseketeers still do not equal one michael jordan.  And I'm a Piston fan that only reluctantly gives jordan credit for anything

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2011 8:36 am

Heat Stroke: The 72-10 dream is dead

CanesCanesCanes: "By the way, they were 21-1 over 22 games, many of which were played without Haslem, who is really the heart and soul of the team."

I think you have "Cane" of some sort on the brain.  I know which team member the colon is, or maybe he is just passing through.

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2011 8:29 am

Heat Stroke: The 72-10 dream is dead

They haven't played Chicago yet.  Tonight though....

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 7:33 pm


Aside from LeBron, what have the Heat as a team put on themselves in terms of their behavior?

Also, last tme I checked they all signed max deals, so even if there is a lockout I think there's still 4 more chances for them to match 72 wins.

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2011 6:23 pm

Heat Stroke: The 72-10 dream is dead

Of course the media made up the 72-10 thing, what else have they got to do, report the facts? It has been my experience that most sports writers wouldn't know a fact if it scored 100 points a game. Want facts? Read the box score. Want a WHOLE LOT OF B.S. read the article written by the newest bloggin boob on the block.

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:11 pm

Heat Stroke: The 72-10 dream is dead

Agreed, Matt. Very interesting that after James sticks it to the Cavs with a classless comment about Karma, he gets injured and his team suffers a blowout loss.

Crazy. LeBron is a b****.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:20 pm

Heat Stroke: The 72-10 dream is dead

That ship sailed when they starte the season 9-8.  If anyone has a chance this year it is San Antonio, but there is no coverage for that.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 10:37 am

Heat Stroke: The 72-10 dream is dead

James, the non-stop media coverage, and that ridiculous introduction party are the reasons the Heat take so much crap. I know you people in Miami love James now that he is on your side. I am a Cavs fan, I have been there. But don't be naive enough to think that the fact that James is a self-centered boob who always seems to be saying something stupid isn't going to make your team a target. Then there was the promise of multiple championships (heard that one before). Add to that the fact that the Heat actually are a serious threat to everyone else's chances to win a title and they become public enemy #1. It doesn't really matter what Heat fans do or say, people are going to react to the team. In fairness, the pro athletes on the Heat don't talk or act any stupider than the average pro athletes on other teams, but everything they say is news. If Mo Williams says something dumb, I wouldn't know it and I live in the Cleveland area. Why, because no one cares about the Cavs. If a bear poops in the woods and nobody is there to smell it, does it really produce an odor.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 10:04 am

Heat Stroke: The 72-10 dream is dead

Whay are so many writers complete jackwagons?  72-10 was something the media played up.  I never, ever heard any member of the Heat--team, players, owners, ballboys, etc.--ever mention it.  Only the media, who conjured it up to be able to write midweek stories when the NFL wasn't on center stage, made 72-10 a big deal.

The general consensus among Heat fans, at least the dozens I have spoken to, have posted on here or on other forums, etc. was that 60-65 wins was realistic, and that would probably get them the #1 seed.  Well would you look at that, they are 30-11 at the halfway mark.  If the maintain that pace they are 60-22.  If they play a little better than they did at the beginning of the season they are in the realistic range.  So while you all in the media continue to take shots at them, and while the haters coutine to spew venom at them, those of us who actually pay attention and follow them will just watch them chug along to the playoffs, when it really matters.

By the way, they were 21-1 over 22 games, many of which were played without Haslem, who is really the heart and soul of the team.  That included a serious pounding of the Lakers and wins over some other pretty good teams (Chicago, Atlanta, Utah and new Orleans to name a few).  So I think they will be OK.

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