Once again, Jason Whitlock completely misses the point
His latest masterpiece: The Heat are saving team sports by giving the regular season meaning once again.
While it's certainly impressive and exciting to see what the Heat are doing this year, there's really no way to even make such conjecture until they win a championship.
If the Spurs or Thunder (or someone else) manage to knock them off in the playoffs, then it doesn't matter if they win the rest of their games this season. It will all be for naught.
Whitlock compares the Heat's winning streak to the HR race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in 1998.
Perhaps Whitlock forgets how that story ends, with McGwire and Sosa both being completely disgraced because of the PED scandal.
The regular season doesn't suddenly matter more, now that the Heat are on this huge winning streak. The Heat's games matter a bit more, but people still really won't tune in for quite a few of their games. Is anyone really going to watch the Heat play against the Cavaliers, Pistons, Bobcats, and Magic, knowing that those are the worst 4 teams in the Eastern Conference?
The Heat-Celtics game was a big draw, but that will always be a big deal. The Heat and Celtics always put on a good show, and Monday night was no exception. When the Heat play the Bulls, Spurs, and Celtics again, people will tune in. Not only because of the streak (although that is a factor), but also because those are good teams and they should be good games.
At the end of the day, this winning streak is really interesting, but it only matters if the Heat go on to win a championship.
Nice try, Whitlock, but you've missed the mark once again. Wake me up when the playoffs come.