Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Daily Dime: Staying steady for 27th win
By Michael Wallace
ORLANDO, Fla. -- LeBron James chewed on the question Monday night as he soaked his feet in ice buckets. He then made himself loud and clear to the dozens of reporters around him in the Amway Center visiting locker room.
With each victory the Miami Heat add to a winning streak that reached 27 straight after beating the Orlando Magic 108-94 Monday night, the questions never seem to change.
Neither do the answers -- especially from James.
This Heat team has a way of sticking to the script, both when it comes to dispatching teams on the court during games and disseminating their message after them.
So after flirting with yet another triple-double, this time with 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds against the Magic, James was asked if he ever imagined this Heat team making a historic run at the record 33-game winning streak set by the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1971-72 season.
While the basketball world focuses on the streak as Miami moves to within six of tying the all-time mark, James and his teammates keep their sights on stringing together titles. In other words, the residual never overshadows the ring.
James didn't revert to his giddy, yet controversial, counting of not two, not three, not four, not five … from three years ago during the Heat's infamous signing day pep rally. But he left little doubt Monday as to how his priorities stack up. "Our historic run is about winning championships -- that's what we want to be known for," James said. "It's a process, and whatever comes in between that, we can be excited about it. We didn't have a goal to say we want a consecutive win streak. But our goal is to win each time we step on the court. We're not able to hit the pause button, but we're also not taking our team or this time for granted."