Posted March 19, 2013

Tracy McGrady: Rockets’ 22-game win streak more impressive than Heat

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Former NBA star Tracy McGrady said that the Rockets' 22-game win streak was more impressive than the Heat's current streak. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images).

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady said that the Rockets’ 22-game win streak was more impressive than the Heat’s current streak. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images).

Tracy McGrady, a member of the last NBA team to win 22 consecutive games, said Monday that the Houston Rockets’ win streak in 2008 was more impressive than the Miami Heat’s current 22-game win streak.

McGrady told ESPN’s Chris Broussard that the Rockets had to deal with much more during their streak — including Yao Ming’s foot injury in the 12th game of the run. That left 41-year-old center Dikembe Mutombo to fill Yao’s shoes.

“I’m enjoying watching because of the unknown,” McGrady told Broussard of the Heat’s streak. “But the way we did it was a lot harder. Having Yao go out around the 12th game and Dikembe filling his role was huge for our team. And we didn’t have three guys making $100 million.”

The Rockets’ streak began in January 2008, when the team fell to only 24-20. By the end of the streak, they were 46-20. The Rockets ended up finishing fifth in the Western Conference and lost in six games to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The Heat are gunning for the all-time record — the 1971-72 Lakers’ 33-game winning streak. They came into Monday night’s game against the Boston Celtics 11.5 games in front of the rest of the Eastern Conference field.


4 comments
6marK6
6marK6

The only people that got into the Heat's streak was espn, because it gave them something to hype. Most everybody else did not care.

keithb
keithb

My second-place streak in history is better than your second-place streak. Grow-up.

marino.eccher
marino.eccher

I'm enjoying the streak too, because I like watching greatness. But McGrady touches on one of the reasons I disliked the "super team" concept in Miami in the first place: the streak, and Miami's excellence in general, is less fun because the Heat are on some level just doing what they're supposed to do. They got together and took the (relatively) easy path to greatness so they could beat everybody, and now they're doing it. It's impressive to behold and historic and all that. But it's not edge-of-your-seat compelling because it's pretty much what they signed up for and pretty much what you'd expect.  

control.alt.dels
control.alt.dels

 @marino.eccher supposed to do? really? what did the lakers do with Kobe and Shaq and the superb supporting cast? what did Jordan, pippen, rodman, kerr do (the 95-96 team )? come on man, streaks are quite hard even with the best of talent.