What amuses Wade is hearing TV pundits speculating which opponent will end the Heats streak.
I watch TV. I read Twitter, Wade said. Its funny to see some of the people say were going to do this, and people who say, Nah, this is the game were going to lose.
Its a shot in the dark. We dont know. No one does. Its cool. Its entertainment.
But the Heat has made it difficult for itself in the past week. Four times in the past five games, the Heat has overcome double-digit deficits to win. Fourteen times in this streak, the Heat has been tied or behind at halftime.
James, Wade and Bosh say friends or even strangers on Twitter have voiced displeasure about the close calls.
I hear that at the house from friends, Bosh said. They say, Youre giving me a heart attack. I dont have any more fingernails. Thats good. It lets you know youre alive.
Welcome to our world. How do you think we feel during the playoffs when youre having fun, eating popcorn and cheering?
James puts it this way: We would love to have better starts, but were a team that wears teams down over 48 minutes.
So what team could end the Heats streak? NBA legend Jerry West, a member of the Lakers team that owns the record, said the Heat (56-14) should be concerned about Sundays game in San Antonio (53-17), which follows Wednesdays game against a 38-31 Chicago team playing without injured star guard Derrick Rose, and a Friday game against New Orleans (25-46).
If the Heat can win the next three, the record looks conquerable. Win No. 31 could come at home April 2 against the Knicks, and No. 32 on the road April 5 against Charlotte, which has the NBAs worst record.
Miami then could tie the record at home April 6 against Philadelphia, then break it against visiting Milwaukee on April 9.
Publicly, at least, the Heat doesnt view overconfidence as a concern. But how do players who havent lost in nearly eight weeks avoid believing theyre untouchable?
Were not untouchable, James said. We dont play like that. We dont talk like that. Its not the nature of our team. We thought it was going to be easy the first year and look what happened.
Bosh says players will not consider themselves invulnerable because, for one, we have a coaching staff that will tell us that were not. We have guys that stay on each other.
But then Bosh adds this:
I always expected to win every game. And now were actually winning every game.