With "The Streak" likely to end on Tuesday against the Boston Celtics, I thought it was about time for me to put up a celebratory post of the Rockets' historic streak this season. Along the lines of the terrific NBA ad campaign centered around the slogan "where _____ happens," this has been a Houston season where the completely unexpected happens.
In an offseason where GM Daryl Morey brought in seemingly every PG except the Franchise to elevate the team's play - it is the incumbent starter, Rafer Alston, who has continued to elevate his game to a stage where he is PLAYING like a legitimate top 5 PG in the West. And that's saying quite a bit when you consider that elite Western PGs include Nash, Paul, Williams, Davis, Parker, and Kidd. In today's hyped matchup against the Lakers, with T-Mac's jumper AWOL for the first half, Rafer turned the game into his personal showcase, raining 8 3pters and playing his usual stingy defense.
When the team was hit with the devastating news of Yao Ming's season-ending injury two and a half weeks ago, they only grew stronger. Since Yao's injury, Clutch City has reeled off 10 consecutive wins with a cast of T-Mac and a new star each and every night.
How long will this last? With Boston, New Orleans, Golden State and Phoenix on tap in the next four games - the answer is probably not for long. But let's enjoy the ride while it lasts!
EDITOR'S NOTE: after posting this, I realized that some readers might think, "Hey, Morey did bring in the Franchise, and he got hurt." Well, casual DudeSpin fans, the Franchise whom I speak is not of Takoma Park legend Steve Francis, but rather the DudeSpin's own Franchise!