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(Chron)   Houston goes 20-0. Only two other teams in NBA history have achieved such a goal and both have gone on to win the Finals   ( chron.com) divider line
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2008-03-12 09:34:02 PM  
www.supermanhomepage.com

pleased for planet houston.
 
2008-03-12 09:34:26 PM  
8-0 without Yao.
 
2008-03-12 09:36:30 PM  
jasonmicron: 8-0 without Yao.

wait until they hit the playoff grind with WHO WANTS TO SEX MUTOMBO at center. epic fail in the making.
 
2008-03-12 09:36:49 PM  
jasonmicron's Rocket greenlight streak came to an end Monday. How will he *cough*bad pun ahead*cough* rebound from this?
 
2008-03-12 09:38:03 PM  
infidelmatt: jasonmicron's Rocket greenlight streak came to an end Monday. How will he *cough*bad pun ahead*cough* rebound from this?

I don't know :(

Let's keep our fingers crossed for this one! hehe
 
2008-03-12 09:40:39 PM  
I was kind of scared there for a second - the Rockets were scoring so low that my "take a sip of beer per field goal" rule had me hardly buzzed at the half. Thank god for McGrady in the 3rd quarter.
 
2008-03-12 09:41:02 PM  
Well I was the guy that broke your streak, so pfft :p

I'm damn glad we held on to win this one, as it was quite ugly.
 
2008-03-12 09:44:00 PM  
The dunk at 5 seconds left broke the 10 points or more record. But at that point I was just happy to win the game. The Rockets shooting was just abysmal. Gotta give it up to Atlanta's defense for that.
 
2008-03-12 10:24:55 PM  
Rockets have kicked ass 3 decades in a row: In the 80's Phi Slamma Jamma graduated and the Rockets got Clyde the Glide and Hakeem. In the 90's was the most beautiful threepeat (and a sweep), and the millenial Rockets simply kicking ass again.

They just can't get the same press as the Lakers, not even when Sir Charles was there.
 
2008-03-12 11:07:06 PM  
HRPuffinStuff: In the 90's was the most beautiful threepeat


Huh. Didn't know the Rockets won three championships in a row.

Oh, wait ...
 
2008-03-12 11:09:26 PM  
kmmontandon: HRPuffinStuff: In the 90's was the most beautiful threepeat


Huh. Didn't know the Rockets won three championships in a row.

Oh, wait ...


DON'T REMIND ME!!!!! *sniff* *cry*
 
2008-03-12 11:24:47 PM  
I have to admit, I only recently started watching the Rockets. Basically because I love Shane Battier. He graduated my sophomore year. I'm glad he's on a good team, finally.
 
2008-03-13 02:39:42 AM  
You can't just count the last 20 games, they've won 20 in a row, but saying they went 20-0 is silly.

Anyway, I guess subby's saying that the Rockets will be the first team in NBA history to have a 20 game win streak and not win the NBA title.
 
2008-03-13 03:47:10 AM  
They're a great team and a great story, but there is no comparing this streak in terms of the dominance of the Bucks and Lakers teams who did this previously. The 71-72 lakers included: Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, and Elgin Baylor. That's a crazy team. Houston's got confidence and run in them, but they don't have 4 hall-of-famers crushing the opposition. Sorry.

I think they're an awesome, fun, inspiring story. But sorry, a seven-game series against ANY of the big 4 (Lakers, San-An, Phoenix, Dallas) I don't see them winning.

You gotta remember, this year, it's going to be DAMN TOUGH to get out of the west. If Houston was in the east, they could much more easily get to the finals.
 
2008-03-13 04:55:27 AM  
IAmRight: You can't just count the last 20 games, they've won 20 in a row, but saying they went 20-0 is silly.

Wait....what? 20 in a row does in fact equal 20-0. I did the math. I have a scientific calculator and everything.

There is a little bit of trickery going on....kind of like saying that they are undefeated since their last loss.....but it is 20-0
 
2008-03-13 05:04:02 AM  
Flavivirus: I think they're an awesome, fun, inspiring story. But sorry, a seven-game series against ANY of the big 4 (Lakers, San-An, Phoenix, Dallas) I don't see them winning.

I worry about the Spurs and Lakers, but I think Houston would stand a great chance against Phoenix and Dallas (or Utah or New Orleans). The name of the game here is finishing in the top four at least so as to avoid having to play an extra round against a top team.

Predictions are pretty useless anyway until we see how the Rocket team of 2008 plays against the the Lakers, Celtics, etc.
 
2008-03-13 05:43:05 AM  
I'm sure the T'Wolves have gone 0-20 at some point this season, thought i can't be bothered to look.
 
2008-03-13 05:43:41 AM  
*though I can't...
 
2008-03-13 06:26:05 AM  
20 games is 20 games, I guess, but why isn't anyone bringing up whom they beat? A couple impressive wins but mostly cake. Is it impressive because Yao is out? I dunno... perhaps we're seeing the team works better without him...? Admittedly, I haven't seen enough Rockets games to make that call. Double-digits wins are impressive, I guess, but the Cs do that every other night and twice on Sundays. Houston wins all its games next week and I'll serve myself a big bite of stfu. But for now, get past the Cs and the Ls, then we'll be impressed.

/Cs 66-16
 
2008-03-13 06:32:43 AM  
Ask Dallas how those 3 13 game win streaks worked out for them...

/Mavs fan
 
2008-03-13 06:36:11 AM  
I saw that there are 20 comments... I must ruin that.... that is all
 
2008-03-13 07:29:56 AM  
Ha, the best part was Dikembe Mutombo after the game:
"All the critics can kiss my black ass."

Yep, he actually said that.
Link
 
2008-03-13 08:16:46 AM  
If they make it out of the first round I'll be shocked

Without Yao; all you have is a big center that wags his finger after blocking a shot. He makes no effort to get back down court on offense and doesn't go for rebounds...

/Hates roundball
//Is it baseball season yet?
 
2008-03-13 08:46:05 AM  
Way to jinx it, smitty.

You god damned moron.

I'm blaming it on you if we don't...
 
2008-03-13 08:48:08 AM  
buk110

He makes no effort to get back down court on offense and doesn't go for rebounds...

Uhh... you realize he's the 18th leader in rebounds all time, right?

You're out of your element, Donny.
 
2008-03-13 09:00:26 AM  
fubuvsfitch: buk110

He makes no effort to get back down court on offense and doesn't go for rebounds...

Uhh... you realize he's the 18th leader in rebounds all time, right?

You're out of your element, Donny.



You see him play as of late; he's like 42. He needs to just know his role...
 
2008-03-13 09:13:57 AM  
I know, I know. All-time stats really aren't indicative of current ability (just look at Shaq).

Don't burst my bubble just yet, eh?

We just need d from him and he does still grab boards. Landry is ballin out of control so he's a big help in the middle as far as energy is concerned seein as the dude who plays next to him is old as sin.
 
2008-03-13 09:39:33 AM  
Weeeee the regular season!

When the playoffs come around T-Mac will continue to choke and the Rockets will fail yet again.
 
2008-03-13 09:48:34 AM  
Here are the teams they have beat in the streak:
Golden State
Indiana (twice)
Milwaukee
Minnesota
Cleveland (twice)
Atlanta (twice)
Portland
Sacramento
Miami
New Orleans (twice)
Chicago
Washington
Memphis
Denver
Dallas (without Dirk)
New Jersey

Let's see how they do without such a creampuff schedule.
 
2008-03-13 09:52:12 AM  
jiaxiaobo: 20 games is 20 games, I guess, but why isn't anyone bringing up whom they beat? A couple impressive wins but mostly cake. Is it impressive because Yao is out? I dunno... perhaps we're seeing the team works better without him...? Admittedly, I haven't seen enough Rockets games to make that call. Double-digits wins are impressive, I guess, but the Cs do that every other night and twice on Sundays. Houston wins all its games next week and I'll serve myself a big bite of stfu. But for now, get past the Cs and the Ls, then we'll be impressed.

If its so easy to win 20 games in a row why have only 3 teams done it, or were those the only teams with an easy stretch on their schedule?
 
2008-03-13 10:03:34 AM  
Free Radical: When the playoffs come around T-Mac will continue to choke and the Rockets will fail yet again.

He just looks like a train wreck in the playoffs...

I feel bad for him

/Not really
 
2008-03-13 10:06:26 AM  
LessO2: Golden State - playoff team
Indiana (twice)
Milwaukee
Minnesota
Cleveland (twice)
- playoff team
Atlanta (twice)
Portland
Sacramento
Miami
New Orleans (twice)
- playoff team... spent time as the best in the West.
Chicago
Washington
- playoff team.
Memphis
Denver
- playoff caliber team.
Dallas (without Dirk) - playoff team.
New Jersey

Let's not pretend everything in the schedule on the way to this was easy.
 
2008-03-13 10:09:18 AM  
To all those who are just "meh" about the streak, how about the fact that the Rockets are 29-4 in 2008, best in the NBA?
 
2008-03-13 10:12:10 AM  
LessO2: Here are the teams they have beat in the streak:
Golden State
Indiana (twice)
Milwaukee
Minnesota
Cleveland (twice)
Atlanta (twice)
Portland
Sacramento
Miami
New Orleans (twice)
Chicago
Washington
Memphis
Denver
Dallas (without Dirk)
New Jersey

Let's see how they do without such a creampuff schedule.


So Dallas didn't have Dirk. Houston didn't have Yao either.

We also destroyed New Orleans at home, who beat San Antonio by twenty five last night.

Bottom line is they're playing good team basketball and they're fun to watch. I'm not expecting them to go to the finals, but damn, they deserve a little credit. All of their opponents are still NBA teams. There's a reason why this doesn't happen too often.
 
2008-03-13 10:13:09 AM  
infidelmatt: To all those who are just "meh" about the streak, how about the fact that the Rockets are 29-4 in 2008, best in the NBA?

Or that they are tied for 4th best in the NBA with overall records..

Lets have a look at the strength of schedule (from hollinger's espn odds) of the other teams

1) Boston: .480
2) Lakers: .505
3) Pistons: .489
T 4) Spurs: .499
T 4) Houston: .506
 
2008-03-13 10:16:33 AM  
Daniels: Let's not pretend everything in the schedule on the way to this was easy.

Seven games out of 20 with "playoff teams" and one with "playoff caliber."

Eight "playoff" teams in that run out of 30 teams in the league.

Mix in the Lakers, Jazz, Suns, Spurs and Dallas with Dirk and I'd be impressed.
 
2008-03-13 10:21:19 AM  
I know I wasn't supposed to as a Mavs fan, but I was hoping Houston would get to 20. That's something that just doesn't happen in sports anymore. Kind of like the Oakland A's taking 20 in a row a few years ago, you just don't see it all that much. Good on you, Rockets.

Now fall off the proverbial cliff already.
 
2008-03-13 10:25:59 AM  
LessO2: Mix in the Lakers, Jazz, Suns, Spurs and Dallas with Dirk and I'd be impressed.

Then that's silly. You don't build 20 game winning streaks on the best in the league.
 
2008-03-13 10:38:08 AM  
LessO2: Here are the teams they have beat in the streak:
Golden State
Indiana (twice)
Milwaukee
Minnesota
Cleveland (twice)
Atlanta (twice)
Portland
Sacramento
Miami
New Orleans (twice)
Chicago
Washington
Memphis
Denver
Dallas (without Dirk)
New Jersey

Let's see how they do without such a creampuff schedule.


It looks like a typical 20 game stretch on any schedule. There's some good teams (Cleveland, NO), some decent teams (Portland, Denver), and some bad teams (Miami, Minnesota). The feat is damn hard to do (you'll notice none of those dominant Bulls teams of the '90's accomplished it). I'm not going to say it's invalidated because it wasn't 20-0 vs. only projected 1-4 seeds.
 
2008-03-13 10:46:19 AM  
You'll get 15-1 odds on Houston winning the whole thing on Sportsbetting.com right now.
 
2008-03-13 11:01:05 AM  
T-bag still won't make the 2nd round.
 
2008-03-13 11:11:59 AM  
Daniels: LessO2: Golden State - playoff team
Indiana (twice)
Milwaukee
Minnesota
Cleveland (twice) - playoff team
Atlanta (twice)
Portland
Sacramento
Miami
New Orleans (twice) - playoff team... spent time as the best in the West.
Chicago
Washington - playoff team.
Memphis
Denver - playoff caliber team.
Dallas (without Dirk) - playoff team.
New Jersey

Let's not pretend everything in the schedule on the way to this was easy.



Well they were barely above .500 when they started this streak.
 
2008-03-13 11:25:27 AM  
Subby: Houston goes 20-0. Only two other teams in NBA history have achieved such a goal and both have gone on to win the Finals

Ah, the conclusions one can make with a sample size of two.
 
2008-03-13 11:39:08 AM  
devilskware: We also destroyed New Orleans at home, who beat San Antonio by twenty five last night.

I was in New Orleans and watched that one live. It wasn't even close. It was just a total crush, like so many games in the streak, and the Hornets fans were leaving early in disgust.

Winning 20 in a row is an accomplishment and indicative of the consistency of a great team. The preparation and match-ups of a playoff series make that a slightly different challenge, but if Houston remains a top seed the first round could be against Golden State, New Orleans, or a floundering Phoenix or Dallas team. After that, anything can happen.

The point of sports is to play the games. Predictions mean nothing except to bookies and assholes of the pro and nay variety.
 
2008-03-13 11:44:12 AM  
dragonchild: Subby: Houston goes 20-0. Only two other teams in NBA history have achieved such a goal and both have gone on to win the Finals

Ah, the conclusions one can make with a sample size of two.


Except you're not looking at this correctly to draw this erroneous conclusion. If the Rockets somehow managed to win 34 in a row, which no team has ever done, would you then say it's less likely for them to win a championship because no team that won the championship ever won 34 before? Of course not.

I think the conclusion you can make is that it takes a very special team to win 20 in a row, and every team that has had historically long streaks has been a strong playoff contender and many have won championships.
 
2008-03-13 11:51:54 AM  
All of this matters not. Nobody can beat Boston in a 7 game series this year.


/Not a Boston fan, but they are batting 800+.
 
2008-03-13 11:56:17 AM  
Didn't the Celtics win 17ish in a row at the beginning of the season? I don't see them on the list of teams that have had that many consecutive wins on the side of the page.
 
2008-03-13 12:12:45 PM  
last time i checked, every team plays against the same teams, yet only the Rockets have a 20 game winning streak. so like deke said "all the critics can kiss my black ass"... yeah.
 
2008-03-13 12:26:19 PM  
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/teams/schedule?team=bos

The Celtics are on their longest win streak of the season, at 10. The had an 8 game streak and a pair of 9 game streaks earlier.
 
2008-03-13 12:26:47 PM  
HRPuffinStuff:

Rockets have kicked ass 3 decades in a row: In the 80's Phi Slamma Jamma graduated and the Rockets got Clyde the Glide and Hakeem. In the 90's was the most beautiful threepeat (and a sweep), and the millenial Rockets simply kicking ass again.


Huh?

Drexler was only with the Rockets for a couple of years at the end of his career in the mid-90's, wasn't he? And they only won twice, right?
 
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