1) The Rockets 20 game win streak is one helluva accomplishmment.
2) The last 10 or so wins without Yao are a testament to their grittiness.
But let's take a look at the 20 victims:
Golden State -111-107, then:
Ind.-Mil.-Min.-Cle.-Atl.-Port.-Sac.-Cle.-Mia.-N.O.-Chi.-Wash.-Mem.-Den-Ind.-Dal.-N.O.-N.J.- and Atl.
Does anyone see a pattern here?
Houston has benefited from one of the weakest 6 week schedules in recent NBA history.
Who was the first win? Us, I remember it well, just as we were about to establish a string of dominance, we let them off the hook. You could see it was a big win for them. Since last year, it was obvious they had never experienced anything quite like the Warriors. They were visibly shaken. When Yao is confounded, he has a hard time hiding it.
Of the 20 opponents, only 4 are from the current top 8 teams in the West. To their credit, they have beaten the Hornets twice. But have they faced the SPURS?, the LAKERS?, The SUNS?, the JAZZ? The CELTICS?, The PISTONS ?---- NOT ONCE!
But that is all about to change. After the Bobcats tomorrow. Starting Sunday with Lakers. Next week is as follows:
3/16--Lakers in Houston
3/18--Celtics at Houston
3/19--Hornets at New Orleans
3/21--Warriors at Golden State
3/22--Suns at Phoenix
Anyone want to make a guess on how many of those 5 games the Rockets will win. With everyone gunning at them, I'd say they'd be lucky to win 2!
Don't get me wrong, I think the Rockets are going to the playoffs. They have a relatively easy schedule in the final 3 and a half weeks, facing the Spus, Suns and Jazz.
If they actually take 4 of 5, my hats off to them.
But I think they are a bubble waiting to burst.
What do you think?
Talk about anything general in the NBA here.
Should this be in the new NBA Forum?................
Check my first 2 sentences. Helluva accomplishment. Even against poor opponents.
But time will tell, will it not?
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20 wins are 20 wins. Their schedule might have been easier than before, but they've faced some tough teams in that stretch, and they've won the last few without Yao.
Last edited by TMC on Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.
I can guarantee you that other teams in the HISTORY of the league have had a stretch of beatable opponents like this and only 2 other teams have ever done this.... truly a remarkable feat that needs no analyzing.
You're right.This year's Warriors would never win 20 in a row. Though I think last year's Warriors, if the regular season ended in May could have put together a win streak in the teens inf they had had such an easy schedule, after they started gelling as a team.
I think what makes great streaks like this are A) Vastly superior teams on a roll. or B) Teams that have somethiing to prove.
Remember the Trail Blazers winning what? 17 of 19! What are they doing now? I think now they should hope for a .500 season and a bright future. Last year the Warriors had something to prove after many years being an NBA joke.
What I find now about the Warriors is that they seem a little taken with themselves. They can't finish their opponents and tend to play down to them.Last night against the Raptors for example , blowing a 20 point lead, just to turn it on at the end when they needed to.That's a pretty good ego trip except when it gets down to 6 minutes in the next game where they blow a big lead.Is it really a sure thing? Will they rise back up when they have to?This idea that all the W's have to do is to stay close until the last 3 minutes is an illusion and they shouldn't indulge in it.
Part of the reason they can't finish as well is because they don't have a third gun like JR. But I don't regret, I think it was a good long term move. But even saying this, The Warriors could be a totally different team in the playoffs. But I don't think they will be.
If Yao had'nt gotten injured, I don't think we'd be talking about a 20 game streak. That gave the Rockets something to prove. The Rockets are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, with a rather plodding offense.
But again, do I have any predictions on the 5 Rocket games starting with
LA on Sunday?
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i would take 10 game streak for the dubs
I had the meaning but missed the experience.
Twenty.........mutha f**king.............one..................jeez, these guys dont let up.
That would be quite................thrilling to say the least.
I just cant believe that in this conference, how tight it is..............and they were 24-20, now they are 45-20, tied for the lead and playing the Lakers on Sunday...............have a feeling we wont have to break it.
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man..i will say 1-4...if they have enough of LUCK...
not in W's game,NO,SUNS,Spurs..maybe Fakers but if Fakers beat them and they should be 0-5..
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