OK, show of hands. If the Miami Heat were not on a (so-far) 27-game winning streak, would you be paying attention to the NBA right now?
Of course you wouldn't.
Were it not for the Heat's amazing run, we'd be 70 or so games into a numbingly overlong 82-game season, and everyone would have long since fallen asleep, asking to be awakened when the playoffs began. But the Heat's pursuit of the 1971-72 Lakers' record 33-game streak has perked a lot of people right up.
I mean, it really is astounding, what the Heat is doing. LeBron 'n' them haven't lost since Feb. 1, when the Pacers got 'em. That's closing in on two months -- and two months in the grind of an NBA season is like six months anywhere else.
And yet, the Heat continues to show up ready to play every night. And the most baffling part about that is, every night, somehow, it shows up looser than the night before.