Chicago Bulls' Mohammed pressures Miami Heat's James during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

Heat’s win streak ended against their toughest foe


The Miami Heat’s 27-game win streak was an incredible run – an uncanny mix of skill and timing.

Let’s start with the timing. Since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces, there are certain teams the Heat have owned. They’re a combined 59-0 against the Nets, Bobcats, Rockets, Timberwolves, 76ers, Suns, Kings and Raptors, and a third of the streak’s wins came against that group. Six more wins came against the Pistons, Cavaliers Lakers and Hawks – teams Miami are 33-5 against in the last three years. So, that 15 wins against teams the Heat are 92-5 against.

And the skill? During its streak, Miami beat four of the five teams it has a losing record against during the Big Three era: the Bulls, Celtics, Grizzlies and Clippers (avoiding the Jazz).

But the Heat finally succumbed in their second matchup with the Bulls since beginning the streak, and that’s pretty fitting. Chicago (7-3) has the league’s best record against Miami since the 2010-11 season.

So, should the Heat fear the Bulls if they meet in the playoffs? Probably not. Miami beat Chicago, 4-1, in the 2011 Eastern Conference finals, so it’s not like the Bulls have Miami’s number – though they did tonight.

Sacramento Kings documentary airing delayed over Kevin Johnson sexual-assault allegations

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ESPN planned to air a documentary Oct. 20 on Sacramento keeping the Kings. Presumably, Sacramento mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson would have been a hero in the film.

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated:

In light of recent articles revisiting allegations of sexual misconduct involving Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, ESPN has decided to delay its on-the-air premiere of Down In The Valley, a 30 for 30 ESPN Film that focuses on the fight to keep the Sacramento Kings from relocating to another city.

Deitsch is referring to an article by Dave McKenna of Deadspin, in which Mandi Koba described how Johnson – then a star point guard for the Suns – sexually assaulted her as a 16-year-old in 1996. Deadspin also posted video of her detailing the abuse to police at the time:

This is all obviously troubling. One concern is why this is getting attention only now. The Phoenix New Times covered these allegations in 1997. 1997! Other than Koba going on the record in the media, what has changed? As a society, we are too reluctant to believe potential victims of sexual assault. This is not a court of law. There might not be ample evidence to find Johnson committed a crime beyond reasonable doubt. But if we’re troubled by the allegations now, we should have been troubled for the last 18 years.

Johnson, who maintained a sterling public image despite the New Times reports, was later investigated for “inappropriate sexual conduct” of multiple students at St. HOPE Academy – again detailed by McKenna.

McKenna has also covered Johnson using public money toward private ends, using private employees to do quasi-public work, trying to keep his private emails public and dissolving a historic black mayors group.

C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.