In case you haven’t notice, the Houston Rockets are scorching hot. After their win against Chicago on Sunday they had won 12 games in a row. They have me worried, but I wanted to see how legitimate that winning streak really is. After looking at the list of opponents they played, it’s not really all that impressive of a streak. Here’s why.
In the streak, seven of the wins came against teams with losing records. They were Indiana, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Atlanta, Sacramento, Miami, and Chicago. All of these teams are basically playing for next year at this point. One thing you have to give them credit for, though, is that they are winning the games they are supposed to win. Any team who wants to go far in the playoffs needs to do that.
The only really impressive win of the entire streak came on Friday when they beat the New Orleans Hornets 100-80. This win came two days after the Hornets embarrassed the Mavs in Kidd’s first game after returning to Dallas.
If the Rockets can keep this momentum going they could be a dangerous team come playoff time. However, I think we’re going to see history repeat itself as the McGrady curse returns: Rockets out in the first round of the playoffs.