Should the Heat be considered one of the greatest teams of all time?
They trail only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 straight.
Those Lakers also went on to win the NBA championship that year, which would be a huge factor in even entertaining the idea of this year's Heat being one of the all-time greatest teams.
In terms of regular season record, the Heat have already fallen short of the 1995-96 Bulls, who went 72-10. At 51-14, the Heat are already guaranteed to finish with a worse record than that Bulls team.
If they manage to beat the Celtics tonight in Boston, they'll move into sole possession of the 2nd longest streak of all time. Also, they'll set themselves up nicely to make a run at the Lakers' all-time record.
The Celtics match up relatively well against the Heat, compared to most teams. The Heat are still a far better team, but the Celtics are capable of beating them, particularly at home.
After that, the Heat have the 4 worst teams in the Eastern Conference, in the Cavaliers, Pistons, Bobcats and Magic. Assuming they beat the Celtics and win those games, that would give them 27 straight wins as they head to Chicago to face the Bulls, another quality team.
The Bulls game will be the 2nd of a 4-game road swing that features a couple cupcakes in Orlando and New Orleans, but then tough games in Chicago and then San Antonio, in the 4th and final road game.
If the Heat somehow manage to win all of those, including a very tough game in San Antonio, They'll be looking at a home game against the Knicks, a road game against the Bobcats, and then home games against the 76ers and Bucks, which could hypothetically tie and break the record.
If they win 33 (or 34) straight, and then go on to win the NBA Championship, I think the Heat should definitely be placed in the conversation with the 1995-96 Bulls and a few other teams that could be considered the best team of all time.
If they don't beat the streak, they'll still be a great team, and far and away the favorites to win another championship.
It's really up to the Celtics, Bulls, and Spurs to try and stop the streak. We'll see tonight if the Celtics can hold them to 22.