``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
I wouldn't ever predict that a team is going to win 72 games. It's like predicting a no hitter just because a great pitcher is on the mound. There's so many things that have to break in the Heat's favor for this to happen.
No off shooting nights.
No boredom as the season winds down and the playoffs are coming.
It's a ton of work by their big three to make this type of record happen because they don't really have all that much depth to win if they aren't playing huge minutes. Are they going to go balls out every night to win and wear themselves out?
I think they have the best chance of any team in recent history to chase the record, but it's not going to be that easy.