MILWAUKEE -- Dwyane Wade's eyes perked up and he sat up straight in his chair when a reporter told him former coach Bill Sharman said the Miami Heat have it in them to break his 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers' NBA-record 33-game winning streak.
"That's so far away," Wade said with a laugh at Friday's shootaround. "I won't think about 33 unless we were at 32. That's so far away from now. It's great to be in the conversation with those guys, but 33 is a long time away from now."
If Miami is going to have a chance to get to 33, it of course has to get to 21 first. That will require winning Friday night against a Milwaukee team many believe could be the one to put an end to any chance at history.
The Bucks have played Miami as well as anyone in the league since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined up in South Beach two seasons ago going 4-5 in nine games. The Bucks hammered the Heat by 19 points in Milwaukee on Dec. 29.