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Does The Miami Heat’s Record Against the NBA’s Top Teams Really Matter?

After the Heat's loss to the Bulls, everyone is asking questions

As the Miami Heat have now lost 4 games in a row to winning teams, after putting together a 43-16 record, many NBA analysts are pointing to the Heat’s dismal record against the top teams in the NBA.

Currently, the top six teams in the league, excluding the Heat, are the San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Orlando Magic. Against these six teams so far in the 2010-2011 season, the Heat have a record of 3 wins and 11 loses, a win percentage of 0.214.

Some people may be asking, so what? They still have two of the best players in the league on their team, and they are guaranteed to make the playoffs where anything can happen. Well, I wanted to look back at the last ten NBA champions, and see how those teams’ statistics against the top teams in their respective seasons compares to the current Heat team.

The past ten NBA champions had an average win percentage against the top 6 teams in the league of 0.536. The 2010-2011 Heat’s win percentage is much much lower than that, and based on historical evidence this could actually matter for the Heat.

One interesting thing to point out, the sole team in the last ten years to win a championship after having a win percentage against the top six teams lower than the current record of the 2010-2011 Heat, was the 2005-2006 Heat. That team went a dismal 2-14 against the other six best teams in the NBA that season and still managed to pull off the big wins when it mattered in the playoffs.

So who knows, historically speaking the Heat are proving to be an underdog to win the championship this year based on their poor performance against the best teams (the teams they will have to play in the playoffs). Although the Heat were the only ones to be able to break this trend in the last ten years, the only similarities between the ’06 team and this years team is Dwayne Wade and Pat Riley who has moved from head coach to general manager. Are those two similarities going to be enough to buck the trend again this year? I guess we will have to watch the playoffs to find out.

  1. Pruto
    March 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    the 06 heat, you mean the team that got the title handed to them by the refs after going down 1-3? Yes i guess if Wade gets those calls again anything can happen. Wait, what am I talking about! Wade/Bron WILL get those calls again, it’s the NBA!

  1. March 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm
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