Just two weeks ago, Miami Heat fans were thinking about the lottery and the possibility of drafting a dynamic talent such as 6-foot-6 freshman point guard Lonzo Ball of UCLA or 6-4 freshman point guard Markelle Fultz of Washington.
How times have changed for the Heat (18-30), owners of the longest active win streak in the NBA.
Now the dream has changed. Now there are visions of playoffs and a lengthy winning streak that is at seven games and could climb to 10 ... 12 ... gulp ... 15?
"This feels good," Heat backup shooting guard Wayne Ellington said of the streak. "It feels like all the work we've done is paying off.
"We had a tough situation early on. We had a lot of new guys on the team. We're trying to figure it out."
They have indeed figured it out lately, and the crazy fact remains that Miami's schedule in the next couple of weeks is very doable, starting with a home game on Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets (9-38).
The Nets have lost five games in a row and play the worst defense in the NBA, averaging 114.9 points allowed. The Nets have allowed 23 consecutive opponents to score more than 100 points.
Brooklyn's most recent loss was 129-109 to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"We got dominated," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told the media. >> Read more
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