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  1. LA Dre

    LA Dre All-Star 1x Fantasy Champion Forum Donor

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    Anybody remember when the Houston Rockets last lost a game?? Their current win streak has now been extended to 19 straight games including 8 in a row since Yao went down.

    No one gave the Rockets a chance to do any damage in the post season even with a healthy Yao and T-Mac. The Denver Nuggets silently cheered the news of Yao's season ending surgery as it supppsedly gave them that outside chance to sneak into the 8th spot. But two weeks later the Rockets are just a game out of the top spot in the west and the Nuggets are still 2.5 games out of the final spot.

    With roughly 19-20 games left anything can happen as it relates to the streaking Rockets getting shot down and brought back to earth. Can any one theorize how they are doing this and any one to venture on how long the Yaoless Tmacled rockets will keep this up? One thing not mentioned in most of the Rocket stories is that they are actually 28-4 since 1/1/08, which is the best in the league over that period. They have also won an NBA record 10 straight double digit victories. Are they for real? Well of those 19 victories the only five would be considered quality wins including 2 over the Cavs, 2 over the Hornets and one over the Mavs.

    Can they get to 25 straight? Is Yao expendable...did he slow them up?
    Well they have a couple of possible easy games vs the Haws and Bobcats, but then five straight vs the Lakers, Celtics, Hornets, Warriors and Suns


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    Absolutely not. Yao's taking the team away from McGrady and becoming the best center in the NBA is the main reason they had any chance of getting out of the first round in the first place.

    Their current streak is luck, a couple of guys playing above their talent levels (Alston, McGrady, and Mutombo most notably) and Landry and Scola being better than expected.

    They'll still be very very lucky to make the playoffs, much less win a series. One rough patch like the one they've got coming up will bring them back to earth.
     
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    19 wins in a row is luck? I don't think so.
     
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    It's hard to believe that luck wouldn't play a factor in 19 straight wins.
     
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    A little luck, and the extraordinary feeling of relief that must have come with the demise of JVG.

    "What?!? We can actually run down the floor???"
     
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    luck plays part in any streak... but you can't say its just luck

    think the last 12 have been by atleast 10 points. They are also in such rare air now that everyteam that has won atleast this many games in a row has won the championship.... well that won't happen, heck chances are they won't get out of the first round.

    got to show some respect for showing up to play that many nights in a row.
     
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    Even Tiger Woods will tell you that you need luck to win but the post I was commenting on seemed to characterize it as mostly luck. I find that hard to believe. The current team does not expect much offense out of Mutombo so they know they don't need to toss it down there to him all the time. They no longer have that mindset that Yao has to get his touches. This frees them up to do their thing. Not saying Yao isn't a good player, but 50.7 FG percentage ain't that good for a center IMO. Even old Shaq shoots better than that.
     
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    Beats the hell out of T-Mac's percentages, even for a guard.

    And it's the same as Duncan's, the only other center in the league who's comparable to Yao. FG% tends to dip as a big man has to create more of his own offense.
     
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    They are peaking way to early. They will never sustain it through the post-season.

    No team in the NBA or any other professional league can sustain such a streak all the way to a championship. Anybody remember the Patriots?

    College, maybe. Pros, no way!!
     
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    If that's luck then maybe a lot of the teams that win NBA championships are "just lucky"...
     
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    I tell ya, that Scola simply got game and so does Landry. Also, Alston and T- Max play way aove his usual level. I still wonder why they traded away Mike James and Bonzi, but who knows, maybe they were chemistry killers.
     
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    they are in a good funk in wrong time...as pistons did last year
     
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    The Lakers 33 game win streak in 72 didn't go all through to the playoffs, but they still won the whole dang thing later because they were good...it was not luck either...it was confidence ...and they had HOF allstars

    I am not sure if the Rockets can sustain this as we already saw the Tblazers fade after their double digit win streak in November/December.

    If the west wasn't so competitive I think the Rockets could still make the playoffs, but they could lose those 3 games to the Lakers, Celtics and Hornets next week and be out just like that!!!....but if they win all three:sssh:
     
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    I think the Spurs defense can overcome a bad shooting night from Duncan more efficiently than the Rockets can with Yao. Although the Rockets' D is quite good (fourth in the league).
     
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    It's a good point. Perhaps the Pistons would have a couple more titles if Joe D had not walked under that ladder back in '05.




    It wasn't the wrong time for Houston to go on a winning streak. They were out of the playoff picture before their streak started. It was the perfect time for them to go on a run.
     
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    Sure, but they also have Ginobili, who's better than McGrady, and Parker, who's a hell of a lot better than the Rockets' other guards, and a better supporting cast, and a much better coach, etc. That's why the Spurs are a championship team and the Rockets (even with Yao) aren't.
     
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    OK, all fair points.

    I'm questioning at this point who is the better team: The Rockets with Yao or the Rockets without Yao. I just don't think this is obvious.

    Which reminds me, the Pistons won their last two games without Sheed.
     
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    Maybe if we leave Sheed on the bench we can put together 17 more W's without a loss...now there is a debate. if we won 19 in row without sheed, would that mean we were lucky or our other team guys are better than we think???:stirthepot:

    Maybe Sheed is on the bench coaching right now and Flip is just mouthpiece in these last two victories.:)
     
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    I don't think the team would be as good defensively, but who knows?
     

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